Supreme Court Drama: Cases That Changed America, 2nd Edition

  • Daniel E. Brannen
  • Richard Clay Hanes
  • Rebecca Valentine
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  • ISBN-10: 1414486618
  • ISBN-13: 9781414486611
  • DDC: 347.73
  • Grade Level Range: 6th Grade - 10th Grade
  • 1630 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2011 | Published/Released June 2011
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2011

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The 5-volume Supreme Court Drama: Cases That Changed America, 2nd. ed., provides exciting details on key events, people and outcomes of approximately 200 major Supreme Court decisions that have had a significant impact on American society from the 1800s to the 2000s. The set contains approx. 200 illustrations with cases arranged under topical overview essays. Case entries are three to five pages in length and describe events leading up to the case, key moments in the case, the Supreme Court decision and its relevance to today's students. Also featured are helpful boxes listing key court details and sidebars providing brief biographies of justices and key court figures and important facts about the amendment or part of the Constitution being argued featured Supreme Court case.

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Features and Benefits

  • Uses appropriate, easy-to-understand language, rather than "legalese," with case profiles ranging from 750–1500 words.
  • Basic facts are contained in a header box for easy and quick reference.
  • Approximately 100 sidebars covering important people, historic facts, and definitions.
  • Further readings for each entry provide the reader with information for further study.
  • An appendix that includes the text of the U.S. Constitution and amendments and a listing of U.S. Supreme Court justices throughout history.
  • An in-depth legal glossary and a research topics section.
  • A cumulative general index that covers cases, people, places, events, and subject terms mentioned within the entries of all five volumes.
  • 32 trials from 2000-2010.

What's New

  • Three tables of contents: cases sorted by subject, with explanatory sentences for each case; cases sorted alphabetically; cases sorted chronologically.

Alternate Formats

  • Casebound Edition

    ISBN-10: 1414486561 | ISBN-13: 9781414486567


"In this remarkable four-volume set geared to middle school users, Brannen and Hanes profile approximately 150 Supreme Court decisions handed down between 1803 and 2000. These are decisions that have had a significant impact on the legal, political, and social affairs of the nation. ... This set is unique in tha the authors make court decisions and their impact understandable to younger readers. It is highly recommended for all middle schools as well as high schools in the United States. The work should also be found in public libraries of all sizes. Community college libraries should give serious consideration to purchase the set as well." -- ARBA (2002)


"...a highly readable introduction,..Unhappily, none of the cases cite the full text of the original opinion, and important phrases like stare decisis are omitted from the glossary. Rival works provide equally careful and accessible discussions of important Supreme Court cases but avoid the problems of this work." -- Choice (June 2001)

— Choice

"An excellent addition to media center collections for applications in both social studies and language arts, this set will be an especially useful reference when students need to retrieve concise information on Supreme Courts cases...This authoritative source will take the place of other individual volumes on these court cases. Highly recommended." -- Book Report (October 2001)

— Book Report

"Gr 6-9—A useful work for students needing basic, accessible descriptions of the court's major decisions...A good resource for middle school researchers and older reluctant students." -- School Library Journal (May 2001)

— School Library Journal

Table of Contents

Freedom of Assembly:
DeJonge v. Oregon (1937).
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People v. Alabama (1958).
Cox v. Louisiana (1965).
Roberts v. U.S. Jaycees (1984).
Freedom of the Press:
Near v. Minnesota (1931).
New York Times Company v. United States (1971).
Branzburg v. Hayes (1972).
Nebraska Press Association v. Stuart (1976).
Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier (1988).
Hustler v. Falwell (1988).
Right to Privacy:
Watkins v. United States (1957).
Griswold v. Connecticut (1965).
Whalen v. Roe (1977).
Freedom of Religion and the Establishment Clause:
Reynolds v. United States (1879).
Cantwell v. Connecticut (1940).
Minersville School District v. Gobitis (1940).
Everson v. Board of Education (1947).
Engel v. Vitale (1962).
Epperson v. Arkansas (1968).
Lemon v. Kurtzman (1971).
Wisconsin v. Yoder (1972).
County of Allegheny v. American Civil Liberties Union (1989).
Lee v. Weisman (1992).
Church of Lukumi Babalu Aye, Inc. v. City of Hialeah (1993).
Rosenberger v. University of Virginia (1995).
Zelman v. Simmons-Harris (2002).
McCreary County v. American Civil Liberties Union (2005).
Freedom of Speech:
Schenck v. United States (1919).
Chaplinsky v. New Hampshire (1942).
West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette (1943).
Feiner v. New York (1951).
Roth v. United States (1957).
New York Times Company v. Sullivan (1964).
Memoirs v. Massachusetts (1966).
United States v. O’Brien (1968).
Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District (1969).
Brandenburg v. Ohio (1969).
Cohen v. California (1971).
Federal Communications Commission v. Pacifica Foundation (1978).
Island Trees Union Free School District Board of Education v. Pico (1982).
Bethel School District No. 403 v. Fraser (1986).
Frisby v. Schultz (1988).
Simon & Schuster v. Members of the New York State Crime Victims Board (1991).
Wisconsin v. Mitchell (1993).
Hurley v. Irish American GLIB Association (1995).
Reno v. American Civil Liberties Union (1997).
Republican Party of Minnesota v. White (2002).
Virginia v. Black (2003).
United States v. American Library Association (2003).
McConnell v. Federal Election Commission (2003).
Capital Punishment:
Furman v. Georgia (1972).
Woodson v. North Carolina (1976).
Booth v. Maryland (1987).
Thompson v. Oklahoma (1988).
Penry v. Lynaugh (1989).
Stanford v. Kentucky (1989).
Payne v. Tennessee (1991).
Atkins v. Virginia (2002).
Roper v. Simmons (2005).
Graham v. Florida (2010).
Criminal Law and Procedure:
Powell v. Alabama (1932).
Palko v. Connecticut (1937).
Robinson v. California (1962).
Gideon v. Wainwright (1963).
Miranda v. Arizona (1966).
Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals (1993).
Arizona v. Evans (1995).
United States v. Ursery (1996).
Board of Education of Pottawatomie County v. Earls (2002).
Ewing v. California (2003).
Family Law:
Moore v. East Cleveland (1977).
Orr v. Orr (1979).
DeShaney v. Winnebago County Department of Social Services (1989).
Troxel v. Granville (2000).
Nevada Dept. of Human Resources v. Hibbs (2003).
Strauder v. West Virginia (1880).
Taylor v. Louisiana (1975).
Batson v. Kentucky (1986).
Lockhart v. McCree (1986).
J.E.B. v. Alabama ex rel. T.B. (1994).
Juvenile Courts and Law: 447
In re Gault (1967).
Goss v. Lopez (1975).
Ingraham v. Wright (1977).
New Jersey v. T.L.O. (1985).
Search and Seizure:
Carroll v. United States (1925).
Mapp v. Ohio (1961).
Terry v. Ohio (1968).
United States v. Santana (1976).
Arkansas v. Sanders (1979).
New York v. Belton (1981).
Washington v. Chrisman (1982).
Hudson v. Palmer (1984).
California v. Ciraolo (1986).
Vernonia School District 47J v. Acton (1995).
City of Indianapolis v. Edmond (2000).
Kyllo v. United States (2001).
Hiibel v. Sixth Judicial District Court (2004).
Georgia v. Randolph (2006).
Affirmative Action:
Regents of the University of California v. Bakke (1978).
United Steelworkers of America v. Weber (1979).
Fullilove v. Klutznick (1980).
Metro Broadcasting, Inc. v. Federal Communications Commission (1990).
Adarand Constructors, Inc. v. Peña (1995).
Gratz v. Bollinger (2003).
Grutter v. Bollinger (2003).
The Right to Die and Assisted Suicide:
Cruzan v. Director, Missouri Dept. of Health (1990).
Vacco v. Quill (1997).
Washington v. Glucksberg (1997).
Gonzales v. Oregon (2006).
Civil Rights and Equal Protection:
United States v. the Amistad (1841).
Prigg v. Pennsylvania (1842).
Ableman v. Booth (1858).
Civil Rights Cases (1883).
Yick Wo v. Hopkins (1886).
Korematsu v. United States (1944).
Boynton v. Virginia (1960).
Monroe v. Pape (1961).
Heart of Atlanta Motel v. United States (1964).
Loving v. Virginia (1967).
Reed v. Reed (1971).
Hamdi v. Rumsfeld (2004).
Gender Discrimination and Sexual Harassment:
Minor v. Happersett (1875).
Michael M. v. Superior Court of Sonoma County (1981).
Mississippi University for Women v. Hogan (1982).
Meritor Savings Bank v. Vinson (1986).
Automobile Workers v. Johnson Controls (1991).
United States v. Virginia (1996).
Oncale v. Sundowner Offshore Services, Inc. et al. (1998).
Reproductive Rights:
Buck v. Bell (1927).
Eisenstadt v. Baird (1972).
Roe v. Wade (1973).
Planned Parenthood of Central Missouri v. Danforth (1976).
Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey (1992).
Stenberg v. Carhart (2000).
Gonzales v. Carhart (2007).
Rights of Immigrants, Gays, Lesbians, and the Disabled:
Truax v. Raich (1915).
O’Connor v. Donaldson (1975).
Plyler v. Doe (1982).
Cleburne v. Cleburne Living Center (1985).
Bowers v. Hardwick (1986).
Romer v. Evans (1996).
Boy Scouts of America v. Dale (2000).
PGA Tour, Inc. v. Martin (2001).
Lawrence and Garner v. Texas (2003).
Tennessee v. Lane (2004).
Padilla v. Kentucky (2010).
Segregation and Desegregation:
Plessy v. Ferguson (1896).
Shelley v. Kraemer (1948).
Brown v. Board of Education (1954).
Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education (1971).
Voting Rights and Election Issues:
Baker v. Carr (1962).
Reynolds v. Sims (1964).
Buckley v. Valeo (1976).
Bush v. Gore (2000).
Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (2010).
Antitrust, Business, Corporate, and Contract Law:
Fletcher v. Peck (1810).
Allgeyer v. Louisiana (1897).
Swift & Co. v. United States (1905).
Standard Oil v. United States (1911).
Wickard v. Filburn (1942).
Federal Powers and Separation of Powers:
Marbury v. Madison (1803).
McCulloch v. Maryland (1819).
Barron v. Baltimore (1833).
Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857).
Mississippi v. Johnson (1867).
Selective Draft Law Cases (1918).
McGrain v. Daugherty (1927).
United States v. Curtiss-Wright Export Corp. (1936).
Oregon v. Mitchell (1970).
United States v. Nixon (1974).
Nixon v. Fitzgerald (1982).
Morrison v. Olson (1988).
Clinton v. Jones (1997).
Clinton v. City of New York (1998).
Federalism and State Powers:
Martin v. Hunter’s Lessee (1816).
Gibbons v. Ogden (1824).
Nebbia v. New York (1934).
Erie Railroad Co. v. Tompkins (1938).
International Shoe Co. v. State of Washington (1945).
Puerto Rico v. Branstad (1987).
U.S. Term Limits, Inc. v. Thornton (1995).
City of Boerne v. Flores (1997).
Printz v. United States (1997).
Gonzales v. Raich (2005).
Labor and Labor Practices:
Lochner v. New York (1905).
Muller v. Oregon (1908).
Hammer v. Dagenhart (1918).
National Labor Relations Board v. Jones & Laughlin Steel Corp. (1937).
United States v. Darby (1941).
Corning Glass Works v. Brennan (1974).
Military Law and Issues:
Toth v. Quarles (1955).
Goldman v. Weinberger (1986).
Clinton v. Goldsmith (1999).
Native Americans:
Johnson v. McIntosh (1823).
Cherokee Nation v. Georgia (1831).
Worcester v. Georgia (1832).
Head Money Cases (1884).
Pollock v. Farmers’ Loan & Trust Company (1895).
Helvering v. Davis (1937).
Kelo v. City of New London (2005).