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Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District: The Majority Opinion
Justice Abe Fortas
Justice Abe Fortas discusses the majority opinion in Tinker v. Des Moines: a landmark case for the constitutional rights to protest and to free speech for students in U.S. public schools.
Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District: The Dissenting Opinion
Justice Hugo Black
Justice Hugo Black discusses his dissenting opinion regarding the Supreme Court case Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District.
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
United Nations General Assembly
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by United Nations and describes an individual’s rights.
The Supreme Court’s Ruling in Brown vs. Board of Education
U.S. Supreme Court
In this pivotal Supreme Court decision, Chief Justice Earl Warren describes the necessity of desegregating American public schools.
Articles of Confederation
The Continental Congress
The Articles of Confederation was an agreement between the original 13 states of the United States and preceded the Constitution.
Agreement Between the U.S. and the Spokane Indians
Digital Public Library of America
This document outlines the agreement between the U.S. government and the Spokane Indians to relocate them to a reservation in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide
General Assembly of the United Nations
In this historic document, the crime of genocide is defined, as is the punishment and prevention of it.
Act for Establishing Religious Freedom
Jefferson makes the argument for religious freedom in the United States.
Charter of the United Nations
Fifty nations signed this international treaty in the aftermath of WWII.
Fugitive Slave Act of 1793
The United States Congress
The Fugitive Slave Act granted slave owners the right to recover their run-away slaves.
The Bill of Rights
The first ten amendments of the United States Constitution grant a number of freedoms to the federal government, the states, and the public.
The Code of Hammurabi
An excerpt from the well-preserved document from ancient Babylonia consisting of 282 laws and corresponding punishments depending on social status