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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.

Slaughterhouse Cases
Slaughterhouse cases

(The Butchers’ Benevolent Association of New Orleans v. The Crescent City Livestock Landing and Slaughterhouse Co.; Esteben v. Louisiana)

Decided April 14, 1873

83 U.S. 36



The privileges or immunities clause of the Fourteenth Amendment does not protect the right to labor. Therefore, a state is not in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment if it grants monopolies to businesses. The Fourteenth Amendment's due process clause also does not guarantee the right to carry on a business.


Congress had framed the post–Civil War amendments—the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments—primarily to end slavery and its oppressive effects on black Americans. It was ironic, then, that the first major Supreme Court case testing the meaning of those amendments involved, not former slaves but white Louisiana businessmen.

The Reconstruction “carpetbag” legislature ...

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