Historians often describe Supreme Court decisions as flash points in our shared past. Historic Supreme Court decisions reflect a broader set of social, political, economic, and cultural forces at a point of inflection: there is usually a “before” and “after” surrounding these decisions. Select the Supreme Court case that you see as the most important/influential to American history, and in a short analysis of 2 pages, explain why. Things to consider:
- What was the context of the case?
- What impact did the decision have on American society at the time?
- Who benefited from the decision? Who was harmed by the decision?
- What lasting effects may be seen today of this decision?