Constitution Daily

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From Flower Power to Big Bird: Electing a president in the media age

October 22, 2012 By Abigail Perkiss

In the months before the 2012 presidential election, Americans have experienced a deluge of political campaign ads. These messages make their way to voters through social media, the web, and print formats, but it is still the television ad that offers the biggest impact.

Board of Regents v. Bakke: The origins of affirmative action

October 10, 2012 By Abigail Perkiss

When the U.S. Supreme Court opens its session on Wednesday, the justices will hear arguments in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, in the fifth Affirmative Action case to reach the bench in less than 40 years.

The purpose of clemency: The case of Terrance Williams

September 27, 2012 By Abigail Perkiss

Next Wednesday, the state of Pennsylvania is scheduled to a man convicted of first degree murder. At its heart, the case is about the function of clemency in the American prison system and a debate that goes back to the Colonial era.

Legal doctrine, social change and the path of civil rights progress

June 20, 2012 By Abigail Perkiss

Abigail Perkiss from Kean University looks back at Lawrence v. Texas, the Supreme Court decision that invalidates laws barring a Texas law that prohibited sexual acts between same sex couples.

Interracial marriage as a litmus test for same-sex marriage

June 11, 2012 By Abigail Perkiss

Abigail Perkiss from Kean University looks at a 1967 Supreme Court on interracial marriage – and how that could foreshadow developments about same-sex marriage in the legal system.

From policy to practice: Remembering Brown II

May 30, 2012 By Abigail Perkiss

Abigail Perkiss from Kean University looks at the May 1955 Supreme Court decision that charted the course of public education in the United States for more than half a century.

Federalism in 1868 and 2012

April 9, 2012 By Abigail Perkiss

Like the issue of civil rights in the 1860s and ‘70s, healthcare in 2012 has become the terrain upon which the battle over centralized power is being fought.

Gender politics and the start of Women's History Month

March 1, 2012 By Abigail Perkiss

In February 1980, President Jimmy Carter declared the week of March 8 to be National Women’s History Week. By Presidential Proclamation, Carter called on Americans to commemorate the unsung contributions of American women of years past.

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