Teaching the Constitution DVDs, 9-12

These DVDs were created to help educators teach about the U.S. Supreme Court and the Constitution. Current Supreme Court justices are featured and interviewed.

The Constitution Project: An Independent Judiciary, 40 min. (#255705)
This program chronicles two key moments that defined our understanding of the role of the judiciary: the Cherokee Nation's struggles before the Supreme Court in the 1830s to preserve its homeland and Cooper vs. Aaron, the 1958 Supreme Court case that affirmed that states were bound to follow the Court's order to integrate their schools. It features Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.

A Conversation on the Constitution: Judicial Independence, 32 min. (#255707)
Supreme Court Justices Stephen G. Breyer, Anthony Kennedy, and former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor field questions from 50 high school students from the Philadelphia and Los Angeles areas. The students and justices discuss the significance of the judiciary and the ways that independence is protected by the Constitution.

A Conversation on the Constitution with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Fourteenth Amendment, 42 min. (#255708)
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and a group of students gather at the Supreme Court to discuss the importance of the Fourteenth Amendment and how it came to embody and protect the principle of "We the People."

A Conversation with Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. on the Origin, Nature and Importance of the Supreme Court, 37 min. (#255706)
Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts, Jr. and a group of high school students discuss the history of the Supreme Court. They explain the methods used in selecting and hearing cases, the role of an independent judiciary, and other issues crucial to a democracy.