Landmark Cases continues to be a wonderful resource for educators and history buffs. Plus, since its last feature in the 05-06-2016 Scout Report, the series released a second season with even more legal commentary to enjoy.
These special programs, recorded from their original production on C-SPAN, bring to life the drama that accompanied some of the most important Supreme Court decisions in American history. Two seasons are available, each with 12 episodes. Each episode, which is 90-minutes long, provides an in-depth discussion of an influential, but often under-studied, court case. Nearly everyone has heard of Brown v. Board of Education and Roe v. Wade, but many other landmark cases receive less attention. For instance, the 1905 case Lochner v. New York, which overturned a New York law that limited the number of hours a baker could work each week, had major implications on future labor laws. Landmark Cases also unearths the controversies surrounding the decisions in Marbury v. Madison (1803), Scott v. Sandford (1857), and Baker v. Carr (1962), among others. Educators looking for ways to liven up their civics lessons will find much to appreciate in these well produced episodes, in which C-SPAN journalists interview historians and other experts in the field of Supreme Court law.