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The Supreme Court

The Supreme Court

Examining the complex and delicate balance between the executive, legislative and judicial branches of the federal government, the four-hour series will trace the Court's evolution from its establishment to the present day. The program will also highlight the complex and explosive collisions between the Court and the presidency and focus on the constitutional visions of key Justices and cases throughout history, many of which have made a lasting change on our culture and society.

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  • One Nation Under Law (#101)

    Examines the creation of the Supreme Court and follows it through the brink of the Civil War. [56 minutes]

  • A New Kind of Justice (#102)

    Explores the issues before the court after the Civil War, as corporations became more powerful. [56 minutes]

  • A Nation of Liberties (#103)

    Focuses on the reaction to the Warren Court to issues of race, gender and religion. [56 minutes]

  • The Rehnquist Revolution (#104)

    Investigates how the court became responsible for resolving the central questions of American life. [56 minutes]

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