What were the main court cases we need to know? I know ones like Brown VBoard, RoeVWade, MarburyVMadison and that SupCourt Justice John Marshall from the late 18th to early 19th century was v impt. Anything else about judiciary stuff?
dred scott v. sandford (1857): establishes that slaves are property and have no rights (now viewed as a horrific mistake)
miranda v. arizona (1966): established rights of the accused (“you have the right to remain silent,” etc., also known as the miranda rights)
korematsu vs. u.s. (1944): ruled that japanese interment was legal (like the dred scott case, now viewed as terrible)
reynolds v. sims (1964): redistricted voting districts so that higher-population areas (read: areas more likely to have poor people/immigrants/poc) were equally represented in state legislatures, rather than being represented based on land area. the theory behind this is “one man, one vote”
gideon v. wainwright (1963): established that all accused have the right to a public defender
plessy v. ferguson (1896): ruled “separate but equal” things for black people were legal. overturned by brown v. board of ed
also, you definitely need to know that earl warren was the supreme court chief justice from 1953-1969 and that he was the force behind all those important ones during the 50s and 60s. very progressive dude. thurgood marshall was the first black justice, sandra day o'connor was the first woman. that’s all the major supreme court stuff i can think of!