University of Chicago Law School Professor Richard Epstein explores the history of the Supreme Court and Takings Clause. The clause in the 5th amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides that private property should not be taken for public use without just compensation. Epstein analyzes several Supreme Court cases dealing with the Takings Clause heard in the early nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His lecture is one in a series on the Constitution and the Court's history on property rights hosted by the Supreme Court Historical Society. It takes place in the Supreme Court Chamber, with an introduction by Justice Stephen Breyer.