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.

Norma McCorvey

Norma McCorvey

Reproductive Freedom

“Other Women will Not have to go Through what I did”

Roe v. Wade

410 U.S. 113 (1973)

Norma Nelson McCorvey, the diminutive daughter of divorced parents, was twenty-two years old, underemployed, and pregnant when she first met Henry McCluskey, a Texas attorney involved in a campaign to derail the state's conservative sodomy and abortion legislation. McCorvey, who had searched unsuccessfully for a safe and legal abortion, had an unhappy past. A high school drop out, Norma Nelson married Elwood “Woody” McCorvey, a considerably older, twice-divorced sheet metal worker from Buffalo, New York, after a six-week courtship; they moved to California, where she discovered that she was pregnant. Unnerved, Woody McCorvey denied responsibility, accused his wife of infidelity, apparently beat her, and sent her packing ...

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