Civil Rights Movement
• How executive, legislative and judicial decisions of the federal government impacted the direction and outcome of the African American civil rights movement (e.g. Plessy v. Ferguson, Brown v. Board of Education Executive Order 9981, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Civil Rights Act of 1968
• How the African American civil rights movement of the 20th Century was led by a variety of individuals and organizations with different strategies (e.g., SNCC, SCLC, CORE, Black Panther Party).
• How women and young people influenced the direction and outcome of specific events within the African American civil rights movement of the 20th Century (e.g., Septima Clark, Ella Baker, Daisy Bates, Little Rock 9, children of Birmingham and the Greensboro Four).
• How and to what extent various civil rights events and movements successfully tested segregation and gained greater equality for different groups of Americans (e.g., the Greensboro Sit-Ins, the Montgomery Bus-Boycotts, and Freedom Rides).
• How the African-American civil rights movement influenced the development of other civil rights movements during the 20th Century (e.g., feminist movement, Chicano Movement and American Indian Movement).
• How and why the adoption of the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution and its interpretation impacted the equality of various groups during the 20th Century.
• How the United States Supreme Court’s interpretation of the 14th Amendment in Plessy v. Ferguson impacted African Americans and the United States during the 20th Century.
• How the rulings of the United States Supreme Court under Chief Justice Earl Warren altered the traditional legal position on racial equality and the rights of the criminally accused.
• How and why the African American civil rights movement developed over the 20th Century and how it impacted the onset of other civil rights movements as well as American political and economic systems.
• How and why President Lyndon Johnson addressed issues of social and racial injustice through direct government intervention and the programs of the Great Society; and the effects of such intervention on American politics and economics.
• How and why President Franklin Roosevelt attempted to “pack” the United States Supreme Court and how the attempt affected the New Deal and the balance of power between the executive and judicial branches of government.
• How federal legislation and executive decisions in support of civil rights led to state’s rights debates and conflict between the federal and state governments (e.g., “Dixiecrats”, Little Rock 9 incident and James Meredith).
• How and why various United States Supreme Court decisions of the 19th and 20th Centuries have tested the distribution of power between the federal and state governments (e.g., Plessy v. Ferguson, Brown v. Board of Education and Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg).
• How and why United States entry into World War I and World War II created a “Great Migration” of African Americans to northern cities and how that migration culturally impacted the nation.
Alliance for Progress
C.O.R.E. (Congress of Racial Equality)
Brown v. Board of Education, Topeka, Kansas (1954)
Montgomery bus boycotts
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Little Rock Nine
S.N.C.C. (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee)
March on Washington
Civil Rights Act of 1964
Voting Rights Act of 1965
Black Power Movement
Knapsack of White Privilege
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Civil Rights Guided Reading #1
Civil Rights Guided Reading #2
Montgomery Bus Boycott (SHEG Lesson)
Montgomery Bus Boycott Docs for above
Separate But Equal Viewing Guide
Civil Rights DBQ