Scene of the Signing of the Constitution of the United States at Independence Hall, Philadelphia, painted by Howard Chandler Christy (1940), on display in the east stairway of the House of Representatives wing of the U.S. Capitol.
Air Force Sgt. Erwynn Umali and Will Behrens enter the reception room through the honor guard saber arch after their civil union ceremony, 2012.
Thirty-first annual March for Life takes place on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade ruling by the Supreme Court legalizing abortion, 2004.
A female striker holds a United Farm Workers eagle flag and covers her face to hide her identity during the San Luis, Ariz., strike, 1974.
Children join men and women shucking oysters in the Varn and Platt Canning Co. in Bluffton, S.C., 1913.
Betty James holds a sign outside the Faith Community Baptist Church in Miami rallying chruchgoers to board a bus and vote early, 2012.
Voter registration at the Community Service Organization (C.S.O.). Cesar Chavez is the last person on the right, 1958.
The owner of this Oakland, CA, grocery store declared his allegiance to America, the day after Pearl Harbor, 1941.

Chancellor’s Welcome Message

I am very pleased to introduce the CUNY/New York Times in College 2014  website, “Supreme Decisions,” chronicling the history of the United States Supreme Court and how its interpretations of the Constitution have reflected our politics, culture, and society. Published in the wake of landmark decisions on marriage equality and voting rights, it is a timely and welcome contribution to the history of this powerful, unelected branch of our government.

As often as not, decisions of the Supreme Court have reflected public sentiment. This is evident in two of its most famous decisions: Plessy v. Ferguson (1896), which affirmed Jim Crow segregation, and Brown v. Board of Education (1954), which overturned Plessy and ruled that separate school systems for blacks and whites were inherently unequal. >>

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