May 18

Abraham Lincoln nominated by Republican Party for President

May 18, 1860

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U.S. Supreme Court affirms “separate but equal” principle (Plessy v. Ferguson)

May 18, 1896

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  • The Supreme Court: The Judicial Power of the United States
    Lesson Plan / History & Social Studies
    The Supreme Court: The Judicial Power of the United States

    The federal judiciary, which includes the Supreme Court as well as the district and circuit courts, is one of three branches of the federal government. The judiciary has played a key role in American history and remains a powerful voice in resolving contemporary controversies. This lesson provides an introduction to the Supreme Court. Students will learn basic facts about the Supreme Court by examining the United States Constitution and one of the landmark cases decided by that court.

Tennessee Valley Authority is established

May 18, 1933

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