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Key Constitutional Concepts and Supreme Court Cases
This course offers an introduction to the U.S. Constitution and landmark Supreme Court cases interpreting it. It explores the Constitution’s origins, its amendment over the years, and methods of constitutional interpretation. Topics include the nature and structure of the federal government, the powers of the federal government, and individual rights.
Notes on 14 Lectures I Watched in This Course:
Why We Needed a Constitution
Creating the Constitution
Structural, Backward-Looking, and Forward-Looking Provisions
Article I: The Legislative Branch
Article II: The Executive Branch
Article III: The Judicial Branch
The Bill of Rights
The Progressive Amendments: 16, 17, 18, and 19
Freedom of Speech
The Supreme Court and the Free Exercise of Religion Clause
The Establishment Clause
The Fourth Amendment: Protection from Unreasonable Search and Seizure
The Fifth Amendment and the Miranda Warning
The Sixth Amendment
3 People I Have Learned About in this Course:
Edmund Randolph (1753-1813)
American attorney, the seventh Governor of Virginia, delegate from Virginia to the Constitutional Convention, Randolph introduced the Virginia Plan as an outline for a new national government
  • the second Secretary of State
  • the first United States Attorney General
  • argued against importation of slaves and in favor of a strong central government
  • advocated a plan for three chief executives from various parts of the country
  • proposed two houses, where in both of them delegates were chosen based on state population
John Bingham (1815-1900)
American congressman who was principal framer of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution which provides that no state shall deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws
  • Republican congressman from the U.S. state of Ohio
  • judge advocate in the trial of the Abraham Lincoln assassination
  • a prosecutor in the impeachment trials of Andrew Johnson
Robert Jackson (1892-1954)
United States Solicitor General (1938-1940), United States Attorney General (1940–1941) and an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court
  • Jackson's concurring opinion in 1952's Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v. Sawyer, forbidding President Harry Truman's seizure of steel mills during the Korean War to avert a strike, where Jackson formulated a three-tier test for evaluating claims of presidential power, remains one of the most widely cited opinions in Supreme Court history
  • chief United States prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials
  • "any lawyer worth his salt will tell the suspect in no uncertain terms to make no statement to the police under any circumstances"