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Selective Incorporation Selective Incorporation. What the hell? That’s the response that most people have when they hear these two, thought to be insignificant, words put together. That’s what I thought until the day Professor Renka taught me about it. According to our textbook, The New American Democracy , selective incorporation is “the case-by-case incorporation, by the courts, of the Bill of Rights into the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.” To me, selective incorporation is just where the Supreme Court has, over time, ruled that certain parts of the United States Bill of Rights apply to all of the states, despite what the states constitution reads. Now that you know a little about selective incorporation, you probably have a few questions to further explain this change including: Why did the Supreme Court do this, what court cases were important, and what might happen if the Court abandoned selective incorporation? First of all, the Supreme Court made the decision to employ selective incorporation for one main reason. During the early 20 th century, several new
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This note was uploaded on 04/12/2008 for the course PS 100 taught by Professor Renka during the Fall '06 term at Southeast Missori State University.

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