Civil Rights Cases

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California Content Standard(s) 12.1.6, 12.5.4

These resources take a look at how the Supreme Court interpreted civil rights over the course of a century, from Plessy v Ferguson (1896) to U.S. v. VMI (1996).



Power point and cloze notes: "Civil Rights Cases"

  • Students listen to a summary of each case, discuss, and then debate.  *Tip: See ideas for debate from previous post,"Freedom of Expression"
  • As students make their arguments for either side in each case, remind them to set aside their subjective sense of right and wrong and ponder only its constitutionality
  • Discuss how the "separate but equal" doctrine changed over time in Plessy v. Ferguson and Brown v Board of Education 
  • Discuss affirmative action and then debate Regents of U.C. vs. Bakke and Adarand Constructors v. Pena and U.S. v. VMI.  Be sure to discuss similarities and differences in each case.
  • Rights in Criminal Cases- Miranda v. Arizona.  I know this case is kind of out of place but due to student demand, I threw this one in there.  It gets blood boiling and makes constitutional law oh so very interesting to students.

Civil Rights Cases

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