United States History


History Of Law

U.S. Supreme Court
Over the years, American law has changed.  What has not changed, however, is the fact that the law is an important part of American society.  Laws have been important aspects of many societies, dating all the way back to the Romans in the 1st Century B.C.  (cf. lex iulia).  

Over the years, there have been numerous "landmark" cases that not online define the American legal system but also serve as great teaching examples in high school and college American History/Politics courses.

Here are some of America's "landmark" cases:

Gibbons vs. Ogden (1824) - Congress can control interstate commerce things.

Marbury vs. Madison (1803) - Established "Judicial Review".

McCulloch vs. Maryland (1819) - States can't tax federal institutions, or something like that.

Plessy vs. Ferguson (1896) - Upheld racial segregation under the idea "separate but equal".  The Supreme Court ruled in favor of "racism" in this case.

Brown vs. The Board Of Education (1954) - Paved way for Civil Rights Movement.  No real way to joke about this case.

Roe vs. Wade (1973) - It is okay to get abortions.  

O.J. vs. Kato Kaelin (1995) - It is okay to deem someone "not guilty" if they cannot wear a glove.