The Highest Court in the Land: How Has the Supreme Court Evolved Through History?
It’s uncommon to look at the front page of any newspaper and not see an article about impending Supreme Court nominations and debates. But was this always the case? Were proceedings of the Supreme Court as publicized throughout American history as they are now? In this week’s episode of Fabric of History, Mary, Kirk, and Haley explore what the Constitution actually says about the Supreme Court and how history has interpreted and evolved its role ever since.
Additional BRI Resources
Supreme Court Document-Based Questions
Supreme Court DBQs: Exploring the Cases that Changed History helps your students develop the critical thinking skills they need to evaluate the Court's rulings and the impact of these rulings on American society. Your students will analyze primary sources spanning five centuries--colonial codes of law, the Federalist Papers, the Constitution, contemporary photographs, case law, oral arguments, the Court's majority and dissenting opinions, and others. Key tasks for each DBQ will lead them towards an understanding of the role played by the Court and an assessment of its decisions. Each DBQ also contains a section called "The Issue Endures," which highlights current applications of the case issue.
Landmark Supreme Court Cases
Read summaries of the majority ruling in landmark Supreme Court cases that have had an impact on our rights as citizens.
The Constitution and Supreme Court Nominations
The task of nominating a new Supreme Court Justice is one of the president's more important jobs. What is the process of choosing a new member of the highest court of the United States? And what qualities make an ideal candidate for this job?