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Publication Date: New York: Oxford University Press, 1978, 2001
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1979, The Dred Scott Case is a masterful examination of the most famous example of judicial failure--the case referred to as "the most frequently overturned decision in history." On March 6, 1857, Chief Justice Roger B. Taney delivered the Supreme Court's decision against Dred Scott, a slave who maintained he had been emancipated as a result of having lived with his master in the free state of Illinois and in federal territory where slavery was forbidden by the Missouri Compromise. This was the first instance in which the Supreme Court invalidated a major piece of federal legislation. The decision declared that Congress had no power to prohibit slavery in the federal territories, thereby striking a severe blow at the legitimacy of the emerging Republican party and intensifying the sectional conflict over slavery.
Plessy v. Ferguson (1896)
Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson, and America's Journey from Slavery to Segregation by Steve Luxenberg
Publication Date: New York: W. W. Norton, 2019
Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka (1954)
Brown V. Board of Education: A Civil Rights Milestone and its Troubled Legacy by James T. Patterson
Publication Date: New York: Oxford University Press, 2001
Remembering Brown at Fifty by Orville Vernon Burton & David O'Brien, Eds.
Publication Date: Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2009
Commemorating Brown: The Social Psychology of Racism and Discrimination by Glenn Adams, et al., Eds.
Publication Date: Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 2007
Voting Rights Act of 1965
Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America by Ari Berman
Publication Date: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015
Shelby County v. Holder (2013)
One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy by Carol Anderson; Foreward by Dick Durbin
Publication Date: New York, NY : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018
14th and 15th Amendments
On Account of Race: The Supreme Court, White Supremacy, and the Ravaging of African American Voting Rights by Lawrence Goldstone