Using Deliberative Techniques to Teach United States History

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ACTIVITY SHEET
Rights Revolution: Civil Rights and Liberties
for Minorities
Instructions: You are to work with the other members of your group to develop a short written presentation (no more than three pages) and a timeline tracing the evolution and expansion of freedom of civil rights and liberties for minorities, which you will share with the entire class. One member of your group will introduce the material with a three-to five-minute overview. The other members of the group will answer any questions the class has about the material.The Supreme Court played a major role in expanding civil rights and liberties for minorities, as did Congress. Begin your research by investigating the decisions and laws below. Then, broaden your research to include other factors important in extending this right.You presentation should address:
Court decisions
Groups important in advocating for the expansion of minority rights
Political conditions and, if appropriate, laws extending minority rights
Social conditions important in expanding this right

IMPORTANT SUPREME COURT CASES AND LAWS
Boynton v. Virginia
Brown v. Board of Education
Civil Rights Act 1964
Harper v. State Board of Elections
Loving v. Virginia
Shelley v. Kraemer
South Carolina v. Katzenbach
Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education
Sweatt v. Painter
Voting Rights Act 1965

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