12 landmark U.S. Supreme Court cases

Published On: Mar 27 2012 12:32:46 PM EDT   Updated On: Jan 22 2015 03:00:00 AM EST

Forty-two years ago the U.S. Supreme Court made one of its most divisive rulings ever in the Roe vs. Wade case. Take a look back at some of the other landmark cases that shaped our nation.

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Brown vs. Board of Education -- In 1954, the Supreme Court unanimously declared school segregation laws unconstitutional, saying they had a detrimental effect on minority children. The ruling helped spur the civil rights movement.