Applying the Bill of Rights to the States

By 11bielr
  • 1920's

    U.S. Supreme Court began to apply the guarantees of the Bill of Rights to the states.
  • Due Process

    Due Process
    The due process clause states that "No state shall...deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law."
  • 1925

    The Supreme Court began using the due process clause to say the states could not abridge a right that the national government could not abridge.
  • 1931

    The Supreme Court ruled that the freedom of the press offered by the national Bill of Rights had to be offered by every state as well.
  • 1934

    The Supreme Court ruled that freedom of religion provided for in the First Amendment had to be provided by all states.
  • 1960's

    The Supreme Court broadened its interpretations to limit state action in most areas in which national government action is limited.
  • Examples

    -Fourth Amendment prohibition against unreasonable searches and seizures.
    -Fifth Amendment prohibition against compulsory self-incrimination.
    -Eighth Amendment prohibition against cruel and unusual punishments.