15 Case Summaries for AP Gov't & Politics (combined into single Word document)

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In response to the AP U.S. Government & Politics course and exam redesign in 2018, Street Law has prepared summaries of the 15 identified Supreme Court cases. This resource combines all 15 case summaries into a convenient single Word document. 

  • McCulloch v. Maryland (1819)
  • Schenck v. United States (1919)
  • Brown v. Board of Education (1954)
  • Baker v. Carr (1961)
  • Engel v. Vitale (1962)
  • Gideon v. Wainwright (1963)
  • Tinker v. Des Moines (1969)
  • New York Times Co. v. United States (1971)
  • Wisconsin v. Yoder (1972) 
  • Roe v. Wade (1973) 
  • Shaw v. Reno (1993)
  • United States v. Lopez (1995)
  • Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (2010)
  • McDonald v. Chicago (2010)

Because some of these cases include issues related to race and social identity, Street Law recommends: Teaching Street Law Content Involving Race and Social Identity. This resource can help teachers bring content about race and social identity into their classrooms. It offers some advice and questions to help guide decisions about teaching this content while affirming students’ identities.

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  • 5
    AP Government & Poltics

    Posted by Jennifer Jolley on Jan 21st 2021

    Fantastic - essential for every AP GOV teacher! THANK YOU!

  • 5
    All 15 Cases for AP US Gov & Politics

    Posted by Rob Knepper on Sep 28th 2020

    Extremely helpful!

  • 5
    AP Required Cases

    Posted by Weylan Craig on May 1st 2020


  • 5
    Amazing review for AP US Gov Students

    Posted by Hammad T on Mar 31st 2020

    It was an amazing way to learn the 15 required SCOTUS cases in a comprehensive manner.