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Case in Point: Learning About the Significance of Court Cases in the History of Civil Rights

Description: Consider the importance and influence of various civil rights court cases, then reflect on the lasting social and political impact these cases have had, as well as the prejudices that may still exist regarding the issues addressed by each case. In doing this you will respond to an account of the events leading up to the murder of Emmett Till. Then you will learn about the re-opening of the Emmett Till murder case by reading and discussing the article "Directors Elated by Plan to Revisit 1955 Murder." Research a famous civil rights trial; create a poster highlighting the importance of the trial. Write an essay about the right and prejudices involved in the trial they researched, and how they are at work today. Standards 11.10.2 and 12.10

Author: Rachel Klein, The New York Times Learning Network, Bridget Anderson, The Bank Street College of Education in New York City

Lesson ID: 189

Constitutional Issues: Watergate and the Constitution

Description: This activity examines the influence of the Constitutional separation of powers in American government on making the choice between prosecuting and pardoning Richard Nixon after Watergate. Actual documents from the National Archives are used. Standards 11.11.4 and 12.5.3 civics

Author: National Archives Digital Classroom

Lesson ID: 256

Decisions, Decisions: Examining the Top Supreme Court Cases from the 1998-1999 Term

Description: Explore the top Supreme Court cases of the 1998-1999 term, assessing the issues behind these cases and the potential impact of the decisions made by the Court. Standard 12.5.1

Author: Alison Zimbalist, The New York Times Learning Network, Lorin Driggs, The Bank Street College of Education in New York City

Lesson ID: 299

Distinction Between Civil and Criminal Law

Description: The Fifth Amendment says a person cannot be tried twice for the same offence but that is not completely true in the American justice system. A person found innocent in a criminal trial may be sued in a civil court with very different results. Learn the differences between civil and criminal law through analyzing newspaper articles. Standards 12.2.3 and 12.5.1 civics

Author: Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts

Lesson ID: 321

Equal Protection Under the Law: A WebQuest on the Supreme Court

Description: Have you ever wondered how the United States Supreme Court makes its decisions? You are about to become a Supreme Court justice, entrusted with the power to make the final decision upon a controversial case. Your opinion will become law in this country." "Today the case before you is Able v. U.S. This case calls into question the constitutionality of the military's 'don't ask, don't tell' policy with regard to homosexuality." "As a Court, you must determine whether or not 'don't ask, don't tell' violates homosexuals' equal protection under the law." If you were a Supreme Court Justice, how would you decide the case of Able v. U.S.? Standard 12.5.1

Author: Megan Greeley and Dr. Patricia Stohr-Hunt, University of Richmond

Lesson ID: 358

Exploring Enumerated and Implied Powers

Description: In the early Nineteenth century, the United States federal government struggled to define its powers. Under the Marshall Court, the doctrine of implied powers was established. Examine the Court's decisions that established implied powers. Discuss the Court's interpretation of Article 1 in McCullough v. Maryland and Gibbons v. Ogden, as well as analyze the Constitution in order to understand the difference between enumerated and implied powers. Standards 12.5.3 12.7.4

Author: History of the Supreme Court

Lesson ID: 203

Exporing Constitutional Conflicts: Introduction to the Establishment Clause

Description: What was the framer's original understanding of the Establishment Clause? Do we want "a wall of separation between church and state"? Is such a wall even possible? How should the Establishment Clause and Free Exercise Clause be reconciled? Review the cases and discuss these and related questions. Standards 8.2.5, 11.3.5, 12.5.1 and 12.10

Author: Doug Linder, University of Missouri-Kansas City Law School.

Lesson ID: 1558

Fourteenth Amendment and the "Second Bill of Rights"

Description: As a practical matter today, the Bill of Rights protects Americans from both national and state governments. Examine how a series of court cases from 1925 through 1972 transformed the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment into our "second bill of rights". Scholar Richard Cortner believes that this bill of rights more significant to the liberty of the average American than the original document authored by Madison and ratified by the states in 1791. Do you agree? Create a list of the most important rights that should be protected world wide. Standards 8.11.5 and 12.5.3

Author: Bill of Rights in Action, Constitutional Rights Foundation

Lesson ID: 128

From Jim Crow To Linda Brown: A Retrospective of the African American Experience from 1897 to 1953

Description: The era of legal segregation in America, from Plessy v. Ferguson (1897) to Brown v. The Board of Education, Topeka, Kansas (1954), is seldom fully explored. It is important to develop an understanding of the complex themes and concepts of African American life in the first half of the 20th century to provide a foundation for a more meaningful understanding of the modern Civil Rights Movement. In this mini-unit students will explore to what extent the African American experience was "separate but equal." After completing a study of Plessy v. Ferguson (1897), students will simulate the Afro-American Council Meeting in 1898 using African American Perspectives: Pamphlets from the Daniel A.P.Murray Collection, 1818-1907. This will be followed by an exploration of resources in American Memory and other classroom materials. The unit culminating activity is the creation of a similar meeting of the Afro-American Council prior to the Brown case in 1954. Standards 11.1.4, 11.10.1, 11.10.2, 12.1.6, and 12.5.4

Author: Agnes Dunn and Eric Powell, American Memory Institute 1997

Lesson ID: 428

Gitlow v. New York, 1925

Description: While the end of World War I brought "the boys back home," the return to normalcy politicians promised failed to materialize. After the anti-German hysteria during the war, a frightened people were worried about more insidious threats to the Republic such as Russian Bolshevism, radicalism, forces of anarchy and disorder. Rumors of plots to undermine the United States, sometimes encouraged by government officials, spread across the country. This is the background for the 1925 Supreme Court ruling Gitlow v New York, where socialist Benjamin Gitlow had been convicted of criminal anarchy in the early 20's. Standards 11.5.2 and 12.5.1


Lesson ID: 1582

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