Legal Decisions that Define the 1960s

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Some political appointments leave a lasting legacy for our country. Appointments to the Supreme Court is one example.

Earl Warren was appointed the 14th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States by Republican President Dwight Eisenhower.

Warren served in the Supreme Court from 1953 to 1969. He had already served as the 30th Governor of California from 1943 to 1953. And after college, his first legal job was in San Francisco.

While he was on the Supreme Court, Warren helped to outlaw segregation in public schools with Brown vs Board of Education. And in 1966, he helped decide Miranada vs Arizona and gave us the words we hear on any TV show that includes the police making arrests.

On June 13, 1966, Chief Justice Earl Warren wrote the opinion in Miranda v. Arizona, including that anyone arrested has the right to remain silent. I bet you can recite the rest.

Earl Warren became known for the Supreme Court decisions about civil rights. Here is an overview:

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