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The United States Supreme Court has been the subject of intense drama, controversy, and debate throughout its long history. Now trace the workings of America's highest court and examine the key Justices who have shaped it. This illuminating series features some of the key cases defining the vision of the Court and the often explosive collisions between the Court and the presidency.
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PBSThe Supreme Court DVD 4PK
 
4.3

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

A good series for general consumption

I like this series and plan on using it as an ancillary to teach the history and trends of the Court in my introductory Political Science classes; it is not as case-and-analysis-intensive as I would...Read complete review

I like this series and plan on using it as an ancillary to teach the history and trends of the Court in my introductory Political Science classes; it is not as case-and-analysis-intensive as I would require to be of use in an upper-level undergrad class, but taking it for what it is, it is nevertheless well-done and an important look at the most under-studied of the three "coequal branches" our magnificent Constitution established. Perhaps "The Federalist"'s earlier review that excoriated the series for being soft on Justices like Black and Warren is one of the strongest points that comes out in favor of the series; it does a great job in the 3rd episode of pointing out the partisan backlash against the Court in that important period of its history, which underscores how poorly most Americans understand the nature of the Supreme Court as a *constitutional* court (the transformation into which is covered well in the earlier episodes)and provides food for thought about the dangers of treating it as a partisan or political tribunal (part I of the series discusses President Jackson's contempt for the Court's decision in *The Cherokee Cases*, leading into Taney's infamous opinion in *Dred Scott*.

I think reading Alexander Hamilton's classic *Federalist* #78 prior to watching this series would do the average American a great service in understanding what the Court is, how it does its work and why it has developed over time the way it has. The series is clearly intended to be a highly watchable introductory American history and basic law-and-politics offering, and it accomplishes this task admirably. It does not pretend to be anything more advanced than that, but for viewing engagement's sake with a general audience interested in the subject matter, that was probably a good decision.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Heavily Biased Production

PBS has produced a heavily biased portrayal of the Supreme Court. Of particular annoyance were last two CDs, which cover the New Deal through the Warren Court to Chief Justice Roberts’s en...Read complete review

PBS has produced a heavily biased portrayal of the Supreme Court. Of particular annoyance were last two CDs, which cover the New Deal through the Warren Court to Chief Justice Roberts’s entry.

I was especially annoyed with the glamorization given to Justices Hugo Black, Earl Warren.

The first two CDs were very good. PBS missed a very good opportunity to contrast the pricipals and values of The Marshall Court to the Warren Court.

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5.0

Great for my Government Class

By Norm

from West Palm Beach Florida

Comments about PBS The Supreme Court DVD 4PK:

A perfect addition to my high school AP Government class. A student even asked to take one of the disks home that we hadn't watched yet for a preview.

 
5.0

Essential documentary!

By History Professor

from Johnson City, TN

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I purchased this to show to my college history classes. My students think they "know" American history but are surprised to find how little they do not know or understand concerning the way the Supreme Court affects our laws. This is a must for any teacher of American history!

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5.0

Superb Presentation

By Curio

from Elkridge, Ca

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Tracing the history of the Supreme Court form is formless beginnings to its pervasive influence on American politics, law, and life, this documentary is superbly presented history that should be viewed by all Americans.

 
4.0

Most informative

By Grammie Dee

from Littleton, NH

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My grandchildren will benefit from this collection as they learn more about their country and their government.

 
5.0

very informative

By wanda

from calgary,alberta canada

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I viewed the produst myself and enjoyed it so much I have purchased the complete set for my son as one of his Xmas presents.....so can't give his feedback yet!

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