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Landmark Cases: Historic Supreme Court Decisions

Coming this fall!

The human stories behind Supreme Court cases that have shaped the meaning of the Constitution today.

In October, as the Supreme Court convenes for its 2015 session, C-SPAN will debut a new 12-part television series produced in cooperation with the National Constitution Center, exploring the issues, people, and places involved in some of the most significant Supreme Court cases in our nation’s history.

The 90-minute programs will air live on C-SPAN and C-SPAN3 on Monday nights at 9pm ET, beginning October 5, 2015. A video-rich website will offer the series on-demand along with classroom materials.

LIVE on C-SPAN & C-SPAN3, Mondays at 9pm ET, beginning October 5, 2015

TV Schedule
  • October 5
    Marbury v. Madison (1803)
    Establishing the basis for judicial review

  • October 12
    Scott v. Sandford (1857)
    Siding with slavery by denying African-Americans citizenship

  • October 19
    The Slaughterhouse Cases (1873)
    Protecting rights guaranteed by U.S. citizenship

  • October 26
    Lochner v. New York (1905)
    Setting precedents that favor employers

  • November 2
    Schenck v. United States (1919)
    Upholding the Espionage Act of 1917 and articulating limits to the First Amendment

  • November 9
    Korematsu v. United States (1944)
    Allowing internment camps

  • November 16
    Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v. Sawyer (1952)
    Limiting presidents’ power to seize private property

  • November 23
    Brown v. Board of Education (1954)
    Declaring that separate is not equal

  • November 30
    Mapp v. Ohio (1961)
    Protecting against unreasonable searches and seizures

  • December 7
    Baker v. Carr (1962)
    Allowing redistricting to be considered by the Federal Courts

  • December 14
    Miranda v. Arizona (1966)
    Granting the right to counsel before police questioning

  • December 21
    Roe v. Wade (1973)
    Giving women a constitutional, but not absolute, right to terminate a pregnancy
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