Supreme Court Cases

Nick Melosh

Gibbons vs Ogden (1824)

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This is the conflict between Ogden and Gibbons with their steamboats in New York waters. Ogden is angry because he got a license from the state to have his boat in these waters and Gibbons is saying no because supposedly Congress regulates this and he doesn't have a license from the U.S. Congress.
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This appears to be a picture of New York waters where boats are coming in and out. This looks about the setting where the feud between Gibbons and Ogden and their steamboats would develop.
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This line is the basic idea of importance for this case. The idea is that congress was gaining more control in inter state commerce.
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This is a quote from James Monroe during the court trial in 1824. He's basically saying how the people await on the ruling and this decision can be very important in the future.

Hammer vs Dagenhart (1918)

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This is an image of a young boy working in a factory during this time. He looks sad and depressed, almost a hopeless vibe, that there is no way out of this terrible labor.
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This is an image of a group of boys protesting against child labor. They are holding up signs that say they'd rather be in school and they have no freedom.
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This is a sign promoting the National Child Labor Committee. They are against under-aged children and young adults being forced into slavery because it is unjust and they want them to live a normal life.
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This is a picture of Uncle Sam looking kind of down in the dumps. It looks as if he is crushed to see forced child labor being spread across the country and there isn't much he can do.

Gonzalez vs Raich (2005)

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This is a cartoon showing a large group of intimidating looking police officers threatening harsh penalty to what looks to be a small innocent woman. The point is to make it look like an overreaction on the police because the woman doesn't seem to be hurting anybody or doing anything wrong.
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The symbol of the marijuana is showing that the people are willing to fight for their given state rights which they are able to grow marijuana for medicinal purposes. The court disagrees and it has turned into an interesting case.
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This is showing the state of California and which parts are legal for growing marijuana for certain purposes. About 95% of the state allows this and the supreme court still chose to overlook it.
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This here is just another symbol of the pursuit of rights in one's state. California should be allowed to grow marijuana if it is used for legal purposes because it follows their state laws, if the Court can't see that than the people are willing to protest.