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ERIC Number: ED462352
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 38
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Documents Related to "Brown v. Board of Education." The Constitution Community: Postwar United States (1945 to Early 1970s).
Greene, Mary Frances
On May 17, 1954, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren delivered the unanimous ruling in the landmark civil rights case "Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas." State-sanctioned segregation of public schools was declared a violation of the 14th Amendment and was unconstitutional. This historic decision marked the end of the "separate but equal" precedent set earlier by the Supreme Court and served as a catalyst for the expanding civil rights movement during the decade of the 1960s. This lesson deals with this landmark legal decision, and the opposition to it, using the original court documents and presidential correspondence as primary source material. The lesson relates to the 14th Amendment, primarily the equal protection clause, and the powers of the Supreme Court under Article III of the U.S. Constitution. It correlates to the National History Standards and to the National Standards for Civics and Government. The lesson provides a historical background for the Supreme Court decision and gives an overview of slavery in the United States (with five resources). It suggests diverse teaching activities for classroom implementation, including prior knowledge, document analysis, civil rights timeline creation, poetry connection, editorial writing, book jacket design, and chief justice nomination. Appended are a written document analysis worksheet and the primary source documents. (BT)
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Brown v Board of Education; Fourteenth Amendment; United States Constitution