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IV. Development of the Bill of Rights I. Foundations of
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II. Creation of
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III. Formation of the Federal System

IV. Development of the Bill of Rights

V. What Does the Bill
of Rights Protect?

VI. Citizen's Role in Democracy

Teaching Strategies


Web Sites for Court Cases:

Signing of the Bill of RightsFind Law
You can use Find Law to search topics or actual cases. This site is also helpful if you are wondering what cases might have been discussed concerning a certain clause, section, or amendment of the Constitution.

Legal Information Institute - Cornell Law School
The Cornell site can be searched for current and past court cases. It includes federal and state case law.

OYEZ - U.S. Supreme Court Multimedia
This site is great if you want a synopsis or summary of a case without reading all of the related case documents. Their summaries include the facts of the case, question presented, and conclusion.

Relevant Court Cases

  • Heart of Atlanta Motel v. United States (1964) commerce clause and Civil Rights Act 1964.
  • Griswold v. Connecticut (1965) right to privacy in marital relations.
  • Roe v. Wade (1973) rights to an abortion, privacy protected by 14th Amendment.
  • Korematsu v. United States (1944) Japanese internment camps, individual rights, time of war.
  • Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) segregation on basis of separate-but-equal.
  • Brown v. Board of Education (1954) overturned separate-but-equal doctrine.
  • Boy Scouts of America v. Dale (2000) private organizations and admission of homosexuals.
  • Dred Scott v. Sanford (1857) citizenship of slaves and blacks.
  • Baker v. Carr (1962) court jurisdiction over legislative apportionment.
  • Regents of the University of California v. Bakke (1978) racial quotas and admissions.
  • NAACP v. Alabama (1958) freedom and privacy of association under 1st Amendment.
  • Slaughterhouse Cases (1873) Bill of Rights protections at a state level.
  • Gitlow v. New York (1925) incorporation of 1st Amendment to states.
  • Powell v. Alabama (1932) right to counsel in death penalty cases.
  • Palko v. Connecticut (1937) 5th Amendment and incorporation on a state level.
  • Harper v. Virginia State Board of Education (1966) poll taxes and 14th Amendment.
  • Minor v. Happersett (1875) citizenship and right to vote.
  • Oregon v. Mitchell (1970) voting age for state and national elections.
  • Ward’s Cove Packing Co. v. Atonio (1989) right to sue for discrimination and effects.
  • Grutter v. Bollinger (2003) - University of Michigan Law School affirmative action and admissions.
  • Gratz v. Bollinger (2003) - University of Michigan undergraduate admissions and affirmative action.
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