Can the U.S. Supreme Court Correct Past Mistakes?

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The Supreme Court is the highest court in the American Judicial Branch, but it is not immune to the pressures of contemporaneous society. Learners take a critical look at Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) and Brown v. Board of Education (1954) in terms of the application of the 14th Amendment. They then act as lawyers and file a brief that demonstrates their personal position on the subject of 14th Amendment rights and violations.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Use in either a US History or US Government class
Pros

  • A relevant way to explore the historical treatment of the African-American community in the last two centuries
Cons

  • None