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.

Gregory Lee Johnson

Gregory Lee Johnson

The Flag Burning Controversy

“I am Still a Revolutionary”

Texas v. Johnson

491 U.S. 397 (1989)

Readers of the August 23, 1984, New York Times (at least those who managed to make it to page 26) may have noticed a very brief report of a disorderly march in Dallas the previous day protesting the renomination there of President Ronald Reagan by the Republican National Convention. The article mentioned in its opening paragraph that the demonstrators had burned an American flag, but never returned to this subject, instead concentrating on petty vandalism committed by the protesters as they marched through Dallas, which led to about a hundred arrests for disorderly conduct.

A photograph of an unidentified male protester being led away by the police for incarceration ...

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