Your remembrences of the good days brings up visions of slavery, women without property rights and bunches of good stuff. Oh, how I miss them old days when things were perfect.
Irrelevant. Slavery was made illegal via a Constitutional ammendment. Womens property rights were brought to the current state by laws passed by the states, and in the case of Voting, by a constitutional amendment, the rest tended to flow from that, although much change also occurred before the amendment. Most of the laws and such were on matters, such as property rights, which are in the juridiction of the states, and that's were the changes were made, even absent a federal Equal Rights Amendment.
Where do some people get the idea that every social problem must be solved, or can be solved, at the federal level and that everything is the buisiness of the federal courts?