Religious Liberty: Core Court Cases

Amendment I.  Ratified December 15, 1791 Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,…

Reynolds v. United States

Source: 98 U.S. 145 (1879), https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/98/145. We have omitted the concurring opinion by Justice Stephen J.…

Illinois ex rel. McCollum v. Board of Education of School District

Source: 396 Ill. 14, 71 N.E.2d 161, reversed, https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/333/203. We have included excerpts of Justice…

Everson v. Board of Education of the Township of Ewing

Source: 330 U.S. 1 (1947), https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/330/1. We have included some footnotes from the opinion. Footnotes…

West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette

Source: 319 U.S. 586 (1943), https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/319/624. All footnotes added by the editors. JUSTICE JACKSON delivered…

Engel v. Vitale

Source: 370 U.S. 421, https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/370/421. We include excerpts of Justice Black’s opinion for the Court.…

Sherbert v. Verner

Source: 374 U.S. 398, https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/374/398. The Court decided the case 7–2. We have excerpted Justice…

Lemon v. Kurtzman

Source: 403 U.S. 602 (1971) https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/411/192. All footnotes added by the editors. CHIEF JUSTICE BURGER…

Wisconsin v. Yoder

Source: 406 U.S. 205 (1972); https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/406/205. We have excerpted the Court’s opinion and the dissent…

Widmar v. Vincent

Source: 454 U.S. 263, https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/454/263. We include excerpts of Justice Powell’s opinion for the Court.…

Lynch v. Donnelly

Source: 465 U.S. 668 (1984), https://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-supreme-court/465/668.html. We include excerpts of Chief Justice Warren E. Burger’s…

Wallace v. Jaffree

Source: Wallace v. Jaffree, 472 U.S. 38, https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/472/38/. Footnotes added by the editors are preceded…

Edwards v. Aguillard

Source: 482 U.S. 578 (1987), https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/482/578. We include excerpts of Justice William J. Brennan Jr.’s…

Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd., et al., Petitioners v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, et al.

Source: 584 U.S. ___ (2018), https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/16-111. Justice Thomas, with whom Justice Gorsuch joins, concurring in part and…

Employment Division, Department of Human Resources of Oregon v Smith

Source: 494 U.S. 872 (1990), https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/494/872. We have included excerpts of Justice Scalia’s opinion for…

Zelman v. Simmons-Harris

Source: 536 U.S. 639 (2002) https://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/00-1751.ZS.html. We omit Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist’s opinion for…

Church of the Lukumi Babalu Aye, Inc. v. City of Hialeah

Source: 508 U.S. 520 (1993), https://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/91-948.ZO.html. We include only excerpts of Justice Kennedy’s opinion for…

Lee v. Weisman

Source: 505 U.S. 577, https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/505/577. We include excerpts from Justice Kennedy’s opinion for the court,…

Van Orden v. Perry

Source: 543 U.S. 677 (2005), https://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/03-1500.ZO.html. We omit the opinion of the Court by Chief…

Locke v. Davey

Source: 540 U.S. 712 (2004), https://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/02-1315.ZS.html. We include the Chief Justice Rehnquist’s opinion for the…

McCreary County v. American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky

Source: 545 U.S. 844, https://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/03-1693.ZS.html. We include the opinions of Justices Souter and Scalia but…

Burwell, Secretary of Health and Human Services, et al. v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., et al.

Source: 573 U.S., https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/13-354. No. 13–354, 723 F. 3d 1114, affirmed; No. 13–356, 724 F. 3d 377,…

Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer

Source: 582 U.S. ___ (2017), https://www.oyez.org/cases/2016/15-577. Footnotes added by the editors are preceded by “Ed.…

Town of Greece v. Susan Galloway, et al.

Source: 681 F. 3d 20, reversed, https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/12-696. Footnotes added by the editors are preceded by “Ed.…

One-Day Seminar: Supreme Court Cases That Changed America hosted by Fayette County Schools (Fayetteville, GA)

While many Supreme Court cases have shaped American policies and history, this seminar explores cases…

Causes of the Civil War

This volume of primary documents on the causes of the Civil War presents the history…

One-Day Seminar: Landmark Supreme Court Cases of the 20th Century, hosted by OK CSS (Norman, OK)

  Study a selection of essential Supreme Court cases from the 20th Century at this…

One-Day Seminar: Landmark Supreme Court Cases of the 20th Century, hosted Oklahoma Council for the Social Studies (OK City area, OK)

Study a selection of essential 20th Century Supreme Court cases through original documents, deeply exploring…

One-Day Seminar: Landmark Supreme Court Cases, hosted by ThunderRidge High School (Denver area, CO)

Study a selection of essential Supreme Court cases through original documents, deeply exploring the historical,…

The Justices’ View on Brown v. Board of Education

Source: Harold H. Burton to Earl Warren, and Felix Frankfurter to Warren, May 17, 1954,…

Federalist Papers

Boumediene v. Bush

Source: United States Reports. Volume 553, Cases Adjudged in the Supreme Court at October Term,…

Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v. Sawyer

Source: United States Reports. Volume 343, Cases Adjudged in the Supreme Court at October Term,…

Fireside Chat on the Plan for Reorganization of the Judiciary

Source: Samuel I. Rosenman, ed., Public Papers and Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt. 1937 Volume:…

United States v. Curtiss-Wright Export Co.

Source: United States Reports. Volume 299, Cases Adjudged in the Supreme Court at October Term,…

Humphrey’s Executor v. US

Source: United States Reports. Volume 295, Cases Adjudged in the Supreme Court at October Term,…

Myers v. US

Source: United States Reports. Volume 272, Cases Adjudged in the Supreme Court at October Term,…

The Judiciary

Source: Gordon Lloyd, ed., Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787 by James Madison, a…

Radio Address on Judicial Reorganization

Source: Vital Speeches of the Day 3:11 (March 15, 1937), p. 386. Never in my…

United States v. Butler

Source: Online from “FDR and the Supreme Court,” The New Deal Network (Columbia University: Institute…

Schechter Poultry Corp. v. United States

Source: Online from “FDR and the Supreme Court,” The New Deal Network (Columbia University: Institute…

Korematsu v. US

Source: 323 U.S. 214 (1944). Legal Information Institute, Cornell Law School. https://goo.gl/eMj7eS Mr. Justice Black1…

The Slaughterhouse Cases

Source: The Slaughterhouse Cases, 83 U.S. 36 (1872). Available online from Legal Information Institute, Cornell…

Heart of Atlanta Motel v. United States

Heart of Atlanta Motel, Inc. v. United States, 379 U.S. 241 (1964). Available online from…

Buck v. Bell

Buck v. Bell, 274 U.S. 200 (1927). Available online at Justia. https://goo.gl/mn3RFr Mr. JUSTICE HOLMES…

Documents and Debates in American History and Government: Vol. 2, 1865-2009

This collection of documents presents American history from 1865 to 2009 as a series of…

The Constitutional Convention

This collection of documents on the creation of the Constitution attempts to accomplish five objectives.…

Griswold v. Connecticut

Opinion DOUGLAS, J., Opinion of the Court MR. JUSTICE DOUGLAS delivered the opinion of the…

Dickerson v. United States

In the wake of Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U. S. 436, in which the Court…

Betts v. Brady

The petitioner was indicted for robbery in the Circuit Court of Carroll County, Maryland. Due…
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