The Supreme Court: Early Civil Rights Cases Facing the Supreme Court

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Imagine being an ex-slave after the Civil War and not understanding if you were considered a citizen of the United States. Scholars analyze the early Supreme Court battles in civil rights cases and especially the Fourteenth Amendment. Using video clips, dissenting opinions, and the law, class members create their own written response to early civil rights cases.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Create a debate with half the class in favor of the Fourteenth Amendment and half oopposed
  • Invite a local lawyer or judge to speak to civil rights laws and the Fourteenth Amendment 
Classroom Considerations

  • Lesson designed for 50 minutes, pace time for activities accordingly 
  • Video clips contain violence
Pros

  • Resource provides additional video clips for extension of unit 
  • Includes printable support materials for classroom use
Cons

  • None