What is a good DBQ essay question for a history class on the topic "Impact of Supreme Court rulings before 1930?"This is for my AP US History class. I need to create a DBQ and I need a good...

What is a good DBQ essay question for a history class on the topic "Impact of Supreme Court rulings before 1930?"

This is for my AP US History class. I need to create a DBQ and I need a good question that I can ask about the topic. The topic is broad but its okay to narrow it down. The time period of the question needs to be before the 1930s.

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I can think of a couple of ways that you might go with this.  You might ask something like "In the time period from 1865 to 1930, were Supreme Court decisions on social issues more important than those on economic issues?"  You could bring in cases like Munn v. Illinois and Adkins v. Children's Hospital on the side of economic issues and cases like Plessy, Schenk, and Gitlow as examples of important decisions on more social issues.

You might ask a variant of this which would be to ask whether the Court was concerned with protecting the rights of people with relatively little power.  You could bring up most of the same cases, but this would just give it a bit of a different emphasis in terms of how to analyze the cases.

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