Guide to the U.S. Supreme Court reflects the substantial changes in the makeup of the High Court and landmark rulings from recent Court terms. No other reference on the Court offers so much detail and insight in such a readable format. This classic resource explains everything readers need to know about the Supreme Court, from its origins and how it functions to the people who have shaped it and the impact of its decisions on American life and the path of U.S. constitutional law. Guide to the U.S. Supreme Court covers the Court’s entire history; its operations; its power in relation to other branches of government; major decisions affecting the other branches, the states, individual rights and liberties; and biographies of the justices.

Chapter 13: Equal Rights and Equal Protection of the Laws

Chapter 13: Equal rights and equal protection of the laws

Equal rights and equal protection of the laws are two of the great promises of American democracy. They are also great embarrassments to the U.S. Constitution as practiced for centuries in U.S. history. The Declaration of Independence in 1776 had proclaimed what its authors saw as the “self-evident” truth that “all men are ...

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