Trials that shaped the modern world

The law changes more slowly than social opinion. When people’s behaviors are drastically different from the laws that govern them, tensions come to a head in the highest courts of a nation. These court cases were historic, changing the course of human history by implementing new ideas as legally valid or establishing new classes of protected rights for people.

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Lesson 1. Martin Luther v. Catholic Church, 1519
Lesson 2. Galileo Affair, 1610
Lesson 3. Marbury v. Madison, 1803
Lesson 4. Scopes Trial, 1925
Lesson 5. Nuremberg Trials, 1945
Lesson 6. Brown v. Board of Education, 1952
Lesson 7. Griswold v. Connecticut, 1965
Lesson 8. Roe v. Wade, 1973
Lesson 9. Kiranjit Ahluwalia’s case, 1989
Lesson 10. Reno v. American Civil Liberties Union, 1997
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