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An introduction to the 46 most influential Supreme Court cases of all time


  • The Supreme Court of the United States was formed in 1789. It grew from five seats to 10 and is now fixed at nine.
  • He makes less than 100 decisions each year, but his choices have had a huge impact on the country.
  • Some decisions have empowered women, helped protect the environment, or guaranteed a person’s right to self-expression. Others reinforced racist laws, authorized forced sterilization and allowed unequal schooling.
  • Here’s a guide to 46 of the Supreme Court’s most notable decisions.

The Supreme Court of the United States, the court of last resort, has undeniably changed the country.

He makes less than 100 decisions each year that have far-reaching effects on American life.

Some have changed race relations for the better, empowered women, given the press freedom to operate, guaranteed a person’s right to free speech, or reiterated that the president is not above the law.

Not all decisions have aged well. Other rulings imposed slavery or created unequal schooling in the United States.

More recently, the court overturned a landmark case that legalized abortion in 1973.

Here are 45 of the most important cases the Supreme Court has ever decided.

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