VHS, 60 min. each., 1988, Teacher's guide available CC
In this two-part program, the Supreme Court is profiled as both a source of stability and a force for social change. Provides the viewer with an unprecedented look behind-the-scenes of this American institution.
1. A History of the Court - Part one surveys the Court's evolution and growth from its modest beginnings in 1789. Examines significant decisions rendered under Chief Justice John Marshall, the issue of slavery in the Dred Scott case to modern times and the process of nominating and confirming Supreme Court justices.
2. Inside the Supreme Court - Part two takes the viewer inside the Supreme Court, showing the justices and their law clerks at work. The case of Edwards v. Aguillard which challenged the teaching of creationism in Louisiana schools is the focus of the program. Viewers follow a step-by-step process of how a case works its way through the highest court and witness rare interviews with the chief justice and associate justices.
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