Landmark Cases of the Supreme Court

By Abbey Tiderman 09.16.2015 interact

When 39 delegates—all men—signed the Constitution of the United States on September 17, 1787, there were just 4 million people living in the country. Today, over 321 million call America home and the historic document’s purpose remains the same—to protect the rights of all citizens and legal residents.

But there’s a catch. The catch is that throughout the past 200 years, there have been varying interpretations of the Constitution. “We the people” sure sounds great, but the reality is that racism, sexism and other prejudices sometimes dictate who gets to benefit from the protection of laws and who doesn’t. That’s why the role of the U.S. Supreme Court is so important.

Supreme Court Justices are appointed by the President of The United States and must be approved by the Senate. Upon confirmation, justices can serve as long as they would like to unless they’re impeached. Approximately 10,000 petitions are put forth to reach the Supreme Court each year, however, only about 80 cases are heard. In each case, the nine Supreme Court Justices do their best to ensure that laws, power-holding leaders, institutions, and all levels of government are abiding by the Constitution, and decisions are often made within the context of the given time period.

Click through the timeline below to learn about some of our nation’s landmark Supreme Court Cases through history, from the fate of former slave Dred Scott and segregation, to controversial abortion issues and recent landmark same sex marriage ruling.




  2. Sophia Nicol

    I think that same sex marriage should not be aloud because god created marriage to be between a man and a woman not man and man or woman and woman. I think abortion should not allowed because god blessed you with a child for you to have it not take attvantage and kill it. I also think that people who support those things shouldn’t be aloud to have a say in whether that is aloud because they are supporting their own opinion.

  3. JustSwagging-

    I think its pretty cool that thats still here and not damaged lol.

  4. brandon parton


  5. cassandra

    boo i think

  6. George Wallman

    yes they should be allowed to be on the front line if they please.

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