The Supreme Court Occurred Kelo V. City Of New London

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In 2005 one of the most divisive cases we had ever heard on the Supreme Court occurred—Kelo v. City of New London. After a decade of the 5-4 decision I still get questions about this case. By far eminent domain has been one of most complex and controversial aspects of in our nation’s history. A foundation of the American experiment was the enlightenment movement. Within this movement great thinkers in Europe such as Hobbes, Rousseau, and Voltaire engaged in open discussions through articles of social, economic, and political reform. It was John Locke that was the cornerstone for the American revolutionaries with “life, liberty, and property.” This would find its way in the preamble of the United States Constitution penned by Thomas Jefferson as “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Property would be a critical undertone in the “pursuit of happiness.” Many of the settlers making the passage across the Atlantic Ocean came in pursuit of religious freedom with hopes of creating a better life—enter property. Land ownership was elusive for the common man in Europe. Embarking on the voyage to the New World was their best opportunity at any chance of land ownership; individual property rights would be forever imprinted in American government and society as a result. Initially settlement in the American Colonies gravitated towards the coast. However, the colonists began pushing west in towards the Mississippi River; it was here were the first inklings of manifest destiny

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