U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom

A Library of Congress exhibit on the context, passage, and significance of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Dick Heller signs autographs outside the Supreme Court after the court’s landmark ruling that established an individual’s right to bear arms on June 26, 2008.

Dead or Alive: Originalism as Popular Constitutionalism in Heller

Was the 2008 Heller decision a victory for originalism or a living Constitution?
Linda Taylor walks with her attorney T. Lee Boyd as they leave the Chicago Civic Center during a recess in her trial on March 8, 1977.

The Real Story of Linda Taylor, America’s Original Welfare Queen

In the 1970s, Ronald Reagan villainized a Chicago woman for bilking the government. Her other sins were far worse.
Governor of Illinois Otto Kerner, Jr., meeting with Roy Wilkins (left) and President Lyndon Johnson (right) in the White House (1967).

The Kerner Omission

How a landmark report on the 1960s race riots fell short on police reform.
An engraving of Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, who wrote the majority opinion on the Dred Scott case in 1857.

Dred Scott Strains the Mystic Chords

Dred Scott was an opportunity to settle what the South had previously been unable to achieve either legislatively or judicially.
Abortion opponents march in front of the Supreme Court in Washington during their 23rd annual march against the decision of Roe v. Wade, January 22, 1996.

Abortion's Past

Before Roe, abortion providers operated on the margins of medicine. They still do.
Traffic passing

Why We Can — and Must — Create a Fairer System of Traffic Enforcement

The discretionary nature of traffic enforcement has left it ripe for abuse.
Lizzie Brown Halliday, an Irish immigrant to New York executed for serial murder, September 23, 1893.

‘Bad Bridgets’: The Criminal and Deviant Irish Women Convicted in America

Irish-born women were disproportionately imprisoned in America for most of the nineteenth century.
A policeman stands guard in a Detroit street on July 25, 1967 as buildings are burning during riots that erupted following a police raid.

The Rage and Rebellion of the Detroit Riots, Captured in One Poem

50 years later, Philip Levine's poem, "They Feed They Lion," helps us remember and understand that time.
Millicent Brown, left, 15, one of two black girls to enter Rivers High School in Charleston, S.C, chats with fellow students while awaiting a report from police and fireman concerning a bomb scare at the school on Sept. 3, 1963.

The Forgotten Girls Who Led the School-Desegregation Movement

Before the 9-year-old Linda Brown became the lead plaintiff in Brown v. Board of Education, a generation of black girls and teens led the charge against the “separate but equal” doctrine in public schools.
Rally attendees at the Supreme Court in Washington, for the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision, May 13, 2014.

‘Brown v. Board of Education’ Didn’t End Segregation, Big Government Did

Sixty years after the decision, it’s worth remembering it took Congress's Civil Rights Act to finally smash Jim Crow.
A long line of predominately African-American marchers parade past the White House to present a petition to President Roosevelt asking intervention to free the youths convicted in the Scottsboro, Ala., attack case on May 8, 1933.

How 'Communism' Brought Racial Equality to the South

The Communist Party fought for racial equality in the South, specifically Alabama, where segregation was most oppressive.