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On this Day in History

On this Day in History in 1803: US Supreme Court 1st rules a law unconstitutional (Marbury v Madison.)

Judicial Review Definition for Kids

Judicial Review is the concept that the courts can review laws or actions and compare them to the rules of the constitution.

If new laws violate the constitution they are said to be unconstitutional.


Marbury v. Madison


“A Republic, if you can keep it”

By Steve Orcutt

A government of laws, and not of men,” is how John Adams defined a republic.  Regardless of their differing opinions, the Federalists wanting a strong federal government and the Anti-Federalists arguing for a strictly constrained limited federal government; both vehemently opposed a democracy.  1,402 more words


Marbury v. Madison: The Start of American Judicial Review

I recently took the time to reread the entire decision of Marbury v. Madison. This case, as every student of U.S. Constitutional Law knows, is THE case establishing judicial review as one of the judiciary’s powers. 1,109 more words

U.S. Constitutional Law

A Conscientious Path of Moderation

The Constitution, in combination with the Judiciary Act of 1789, created the three-tiered court system that is familiar to modern Americans. However, one of the defining features of the judiciary is the concept of judicial review. 526 more words

Early Republic

The Assertive Judiciary

In the early years of the Republic, there was an itching for reformation of the systems and processes that had come to define colonial life. This reformation began with “enactment of an increasing number of laws.” Gordon Wood, … 400 more words

Early Republic

Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co v. Sawyer

Key Facts– The President, concerned that a steel workers’ strike would create a national steel shortage, which he considered likely to be a national security crisis, ordered the seizure of all American steel mills to ensure the continued availability of steel. 191 more words