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Civil Rights

While the Reconstruction Amendments were an important step in ensuring equal rights for all people, regardless of race, racial injustices throughout the United States continued into the late 19th and 20th centuries, leading to the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, and the passages of Supreme Court decisions and legislation, including Brown v. Board of Education, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Big Questions

What was the Civil Rights Movement? When was it active? Who were some of its leaders? And what were some of the movement’s core constitutional arguments?

What did the original Constitution say about civil and political rights, and how did later amendments transform the Constitution?

What was the Warren Court, and what were some of its key rulings in the 1950s and 1960s? What is the constitutional legacy of the Civil Rights Movement and the Warren Court?

What were some of the key laws passed and constitutional amendments ratified during the Civil Rights Era?

What factors explain the dramatic changes in racial attitudes and practices that occurred between 1900 and 1950?

How much did such Court decisions influence the larger world of race relations?

Video: Scholar Exchange: Civil Rights, the Warren Court, and Landmark Laws
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Video: Scholar Exchange: Civil Rights, the Warren Court and Landmark Laws
Middle School Level
Video: Scholar Exchange: Civil Rights Movement with Hasan Kwame Jeffries - All Ages Session 
Video: Congressman John Lewis recounts his involvement with the Civil Rights Movement

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