For almost 60 years, prior to the Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954, the laws in the U.S. supported de jure segregation in multiple aspects of American life. Beginning with the landmark case of Plessy v. Ferguson in 1896, students will explore key events and significant individuals that helped create a changing perspective on civil rights and desegregation.
Subjects: Social Studies, US History
Prior Knowledge: Students need to know how to find and use valid sources appropriately to conduct research. Students need to know how to appropriately cite sources of information. Students need to know how to use appropriate writing conventions.
Key Concepts and Terms: Brown vs. Board of Education, Civil Rights, De Facto Segregation, De Jure Segregation, Discrimination, Jim Crow Laws, Plessy vs. Ferguson, Prejudice, Racial Zoning, Racism, White Primary