100 Americans Making Constitutional History: A Biographical History presents 100 profiles of the key people behind some of the most important U.S. Supreme Court cases. Edited by Melvin I. Urofsky, a respected constitutional historian, each 2,000-word profile delves into the social and political context behind landmark Court decisions. For example, while a case like Brown v. Board of Education is about an important idea—the equal protection of the law—at its heart it is the story of a little girl, Linda Brown, who wanted to go to a decent school near her home. The outcome is accessible and objective “stories” about the individuals—heroes and scoundrels—who fought their way to constitutional history.

James Hill

James Hill

Privacy and the Press

“Now they Can See the Story Re-Enacted in Hayes’ Broadway play”

Time, Inc. v. Hill

385 U.S. 374 (1967)

“Perhaps it is impossible now,” wrote William Faulkner in 1955, “for any American to believe that anyone not hiding from the police could actually not want, as a free gift, his name and photograph in any printed organ.” But Faulkner never met James J. Hill, whose only connection with constitutional law stems from the simple fact that he wanted to protect his family's privacy.

The Hill family was unwillingly thrust into the media spotlight on September 12, 1952, as a result of a home invasion. On the morning of September 11, Elizabeth Hill, James Hill's wife, answered the back door of their large ivy-covered house ...

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