Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Civil Rights History (Unit II)

Awakenings

Vocabulary/Topics:

Boycott
Backlash
Equal Protection Clause
Integration
Footnote #11
Fourteenth Amendment
Judicial Review
Lynching
Segregation
"Separate but Equal"
Unanimous
Unconstitutional
"With all deliberate speed"

Assignment #1
After watching the first episode of Eyes on the Prize, "Awakenings" or  reading chapters 1-3 from Eyes on the Prize:America's Civil Rights Years 1954-1965, answer the following questions:
1. What decision did Brown V. Board of Education overturn?
2. What was the legal rationale for overturning the doctrine of separate but equal?
3. Why was Brown v. Board of Education a controversial decision?
4. Give an example of southern backlash against the Brown decision.
5. Who was Emmett Till?
6. Briefly discuss the outcome of the trial and explain why Till's mother thought it was a "farce."
7. What is a boycott?
8. What elements need to be present for a boycott to be successful?
9. Have you ever participated in a boycott? If so, what did you boycott and why?

Assignment #2
"Argument Wars: Brown v. Board of Education"
Background options:
* Teacher lead discussion of Brown v. Board of Education
* Lecture notes http://hansengeorge.blogspot.com/2011/01/legacy-of-brown-decision.html
* Video

Play the game:
https://www.icivics.org/games/argument-wars (Choose Brown v. Board of Education)
 Write a three paragraph summary outlining the arguments you used to persuade the judge that segregated schools were unconstitutional. 

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