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Acclaimed by researchers, students, and general readers, this informative, lively, and easy-to-use volume fills the public need for information about key recent and historical cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Now significantly updated, this new edition includes all the new major cases-over twenty five in total-handed down by the Court since the first edition was published in 2000. The new entries include many high-profile cases that have stirred public controversy, including: Boy Scouts of America v. Dale (2000), granting the right to exclude homosexuals from leadership positions in the Boy Scouts; Bush v. Gore (2000), ceasing ballot recounts in the 2000 presidential election; PGA Tour v. Martin (2001), obliging the PGA to accommodate a disabled golfer; Lawrence v. Texas (2003), stating that a law criminalizing same-sex sodomy violates due process; Gratz/Grutter v. Bollinger (2003), stating that an affirmative action program to achieve diversity in universities may or may not violate the equal protection clause, depending on how it's implemented. In each of the over 100 cases summarized, author Tony Mauro succinctly describes the decision, provides background and facts of the case, the vote and highlights of the decision with verbatim excerpts, and, in conclusion, discusses the long-term impact of the decision on United States citizens and U.S. society. Topic search aids let readers easily trace the evolution and impact of rulings in particular issue areas. Added features also enhance the volume, including many new portraits, political cartoons, and drawings, a comprehensive bibliography and an easy-to-access case/subject index. A perfect starting point for research on Supreme Court decisions, this newly updated volume is an essential addition to every public, high school, and college library.

Heart of Atlanta Motel v. United States
Heart of Atlanta Motel v. United States

Decided December 14, 1964

379 U.S. 241

http://laws.findlaw.com/US/379/241.html

Decision

Congress has the power, through regulation of interstate commerce, to prohibit racial discrimination in privately owned hotels and motels. The Court upheld a portion of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that prohibits bias on the basis of race, religion, or national origin in public accommodations.

Background

Even as late as 1964, many hotels and other public accommodations nationwide—not merely in the South—were segregated. Blacks who traveled from one city to another on business or for pleasure often had to go miles out of their way to find places to sleep.

Thirty-two states had enacted laws making public accommodations open to all, but enforcement was spotty and no national law or ...

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