Freedom of the Press has been guaranteed by the Constitution for over 200 years. And for nearly as long there has been a debate about where that freedom stops.
“You have the right to remain silent.” Thanks to movies and television, it’s hard to conceive that this simple phrase hasn’t always been a part of our history. But before these words became a common staple of American culture, the Fifth Amendment’s right against self-incrimination was virtually impossible to protect.
Then came Ernesto Miranda.
Search and Seizure: Mapp v. Ohio is the story of one of the most iconic cases in the history of the United States Supreme Court. The story might seem made for TV – after all, it’s got a bomb, gambling, a world famous boxing promoter, a determined heroine and a cop who breaks the rules when they get in his way – but to people that study the Constitution, what makes Mapp v. Ohio really exciting is the 4th Amendment.
Both a film and video game, The Bill of Rights tells the story of a struggle that nearly tore the country apart before it had really even been established. But out of their compromise came one of our nation’s most central documents and the foundation for some of our most celebrated freedoms.
A Call to Act: Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. tells the story of a remarkable fight for equality and fairness. As Senior Presidential Advisor Valerie Jarrett says about Lilly Ledbetter, “She was willing to fight hard on behalf of all the other women who still had an opportunity to be treated equally.”
Jury Selection: Edmonson v. Leesville Concrete Company tells the story of how one construction worker’s personal injury suit became a fight to protect the Constitutional rights of every person in the United States.
An examination of the Supreme Court’s dilemmas and tensions as it stepped into the “political thicket” of voting and representational equality, establishing the practice of what has become a core American principle: “One person, one vote.”
Michelle Horner is the principal of Wawona Elementary School in Mariposa, California. Actually, she’s “the teacher and the principal and the counselor.” Wawona is a one-room school, kindergarten through sixth grade. All of the children’s parents are federal employees who live in and protect Yosemite National Park.
Even a one-room school needs textbooks, equipment and furniture. When the school went into its tenth year of deficits, Horner turned to Congress for help. But Congress couldn’t just hand her the money. She needed a law.