A History of Supreme Court Civil Rights Cases in 1000 Words



With the Supreme Court hearing arguments on the constitutionality of California’s proposition 8 and the Federal Defense of Marriage Act this week, I thought I’d take a stab at giving a (extremely) brief summary of the Supreme Court’s involvement with crafting civil rights in this country. Legal scholars will surely scoff at my generalities, but this is meant to be a summary for the masses not some sort of scholarly article. So, without further introduction, here’s my attempt at summarizing civil rights jurisprudence in 1000 words:

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