As we approach our 40th birthday, we’re looking back–not just at our own past, but at milestones in America’s legal history. The patriotic team of lawyer-editors here at Nolo have named what they consider the greatest legal documents in American history. They’ve carefully chosen the 40 speeches, 40 documents, 40 laws, 40 landmark Supreme Court cases. Our collection marks key moments in our nation’s infancy, like Patrick Henry’s stirring “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech and the monumental Federalist Papers. The collection also spotlights crucial steps on the path to equality, such as the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision and the groundbreaking Civil Rights Act of 1964.
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For centuries, U.S. Supreme Court decisions have shaped everything from Congress’s powers to individual rights, and almost every legal issue in between. Some would even argue that one Supreme Court decision effectively elected a President. Now, Nolo is happy to announce the launch of the U.S. Supreme Court Center, your one-stop shop for full-text decisions from the nation’s top court. Every one of them is free and at your fingertips, from 1791 all the way through the current term.
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Here are a few cases that may ring a bell — just a small sample of what the new U.S. Supreme Court Center has to offer:
- Brown v. Board of Education (1954) – This landmark civil rights decision made sure that the days of “separate but equal” were numbered.
- Miranda v. Arizona (1966) – You may not know the case, but you know the police drill it spawned: “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say may be used against you…”
- Roe v. Wade (1973) – Everyone knows the decision is the dividing line on abortion rights, but how much controversy can be found in the opinion itself?
- Bush v. Gore (2000) – Was it judicious jurisprudence or pure politics in the wake of the 2000 Presidential election? You be the judge.