Courting History

Huge changes in our nation's social fabric have been ratified or implemented through the decisions of our courts. From the freedom of the press ruling during the colonial period through to the long struggle for civil rights for everyone, the courts have played a large role in the history of the United States. With primary sources used to place these rulings in historical perspective, the main characters in the original lawsuits and the situations they faced are introduced, as well as the attorneys and judges who argued and adjudicated the cases. The primary arguments in the cases are presented side-by-side so students can easily compare them, as are the highlights of the majority and dissenting opinions of the judges. This series combines civics and culture to provide a timely and valuable history lesson.
Each Book Contains:
• A side-by-side comparison of the arguments presented by the attorneys on each side
• A summary of the majority and dissenting opinions
• A sidebar on the chief justice or head judge at the time of the ruling
• A look at the effects of the case on society and how the ruling is viewed today
Curriculum Connections:
• The workings of our judiciary are revealed as students follow the path cases took to reach our highest courts
• The relationship among the three branches of our government as well as that between the federal government and the states is explored through historic rulings
• Students can analyze and critique the arguments and decisions of the courts in light of the effects of their rulings on our society
• The role of regional culture and its effects in a country that strives for national consensus on controversial topics is examined

Product type: Single Copy Set
ISBN: 978-1-5026-3978-3
Copyright: 2019
Reading Level: Grade 6
Interest Level: Grades 5-8
Dimensions: 6" x 9"