The Supreme Court of the United States is divided, and it’s not the first time. For over two centuries, the justices on the nation’s highest bench have argued with one another over the direction to take country. From Brown v. Board of Education to Roe v. Wade, the Court has repeatedly transformed American society and remains a polarizing political subject today.
And yet no one really talks about what exactly happened in all of these cases. For instance, no one talks about how contraception, abortion, interracial marriage, homosexuality, and same-sex marriage were all legalized nationally because of one sentence in the Constitution! And no one talks about who made Brown v. Board of Education possible and how the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the Constitution has changed over time.
In May it Please the Court, Alex Akhavan narrates the riveting events that connect the most important cases in U.S. history. Each season is one story about one part of the Constitution, and each episode tells its own tale about the context, the personalities, and the legal arguments that changed the country and the world.