In Search of the Constitution (1987)

In American history, no document has sparked as much reverence, discussion, and controversy as the Constitution. But how does it really affect our everyday lives? How do ordinary citizens, legal scholars, and Supreme Court justices interpret it? Join Bill Moyers for his 11 part series, originally produced to mark the Constitution’s bicentennial, that delves into the fascinating history and contemporary relevance of the ultimate law of the land. In-depth interviews with a wide range of experts – including four Supreme Court justices, educator Mortimer Adler, legal philosopher Ronald Dworkin, and Judge Robert Bork – provide not only rich historical detail but also illuminating insights on current disputes. Throughout, In Search of the Constitution shows how this brief text has shaped our nation and holds the power to change our lives.  The series includes the following episodes: In the Beginning, Justice Harry A. Blackmun, Mortimer Adler, Justice Brennan, Ronald Dworkin, God and the Constitution, Strictly Speaking, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, For the People, 1987 v. the Constitution and Justice Lewis F. Powell.

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July 21, 2014 | In Search of the Constitution (1987)

The first woman on the Supreme Court cast the deciding vote in reaffirming Roe v. Wade in 1992, but things could have turned out differently. Continue reading

January 25, 2013 | In Search of the Constitution (1987)

Blackmun, who wrote the majority opinion in the landmark abortion rights case, called it a necessary step “towards the emancipation of women.” Continue reading

June 11, 1987 | In Search of the Constitution (1987)

Ordinary citizens reveal the rewards — and personal perils — of defending their rights to privacy, freedom of conscience, and church-state separation before the Supreme Court. Continue reading