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12th Grade Government

12th Grade Government

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Author: John Perry
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12.5 Students summarize landmark U.S. Supreme Court interpretations of the Constitution and its amendments.
4. Explain the controversies that have resulted over changing interpretations of civil rights, including those in Plessy v. Ferguson, Brown v. Board of Education, Miranda v. Arizona, Regents of the University of California v. Bakke, Adarand Constructors, Inc. v. Pena, and United States v. Virginia (VMI).
 

Source: http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/documents/histsocscistnd.pdf retrieved May 9, 2015

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12.5 Students summarize landmark U.S. Supreme Court interpretations of the Constitution and its amendments.
4. Explain the controversies that have resulted over changing interpretations of civil rights, including those in Plessy v. Ferguson, Brown v. Board of Education, Miranda v. Arizona, Regents of the University of California v. Bakke, Adarand Constructors, Inc. v. Pena, and United States v. Virginia (VMI).
 

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Content: Students will be able to analyze the effects of Plessy v. Furgeson.

Language: Students will be able to complete the quiz.

Jim Crow Laws

"Jim Crow" laws were passed by state governments to control former African slaves.  These laws covered every aspect of life from where a former slave could live to how a former slave could defend themselves.  Anyone deemed too "dark" of complexion would be forced to follow these laws.

http://www.u-s-history.com/pages/h1559.html

Source: United States History: Jim Crow Laws. (n.d.). Retrieved May 9, 2015.

The Supreme Court: Plessy v. Ferguson

Is separate equal?  After the Civil War, leaders in the Southern United States sought to maintain slavery lifestyles for former African slaves.  To achieve this Southern leaders passed a series of "Jim Crow" laws.  Read this page to learn more about how Homer Plessy tried to challenge these laws to make life more equal for all people in the South. 

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/supremecourt/antebellum/landmark_plessy.html

Source: The Supreme Court: Plessy v. Ferguson. (2006, December 1). Retrieved May 9, 2015, from http://www.pbs.org/wnet/supremecourt/antebellum/landmark_plessy.html

Plessy v. Ferguson

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slDT-ac8Ft4 Retrieved May 9, 2015

Bringing it all together

How does Plessy v. Ferguson relate to the civil unrest currently going on in many towns and cities across the United States?