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Lesson Plan

The Struggle for Civil Rights: The Battle Over School Desegregation

Levels: College/Adult, High School, Home School, Middle School

Unit: A Call to Action, Civic Education Skills, The Constitution

The American Civil Rights Movement produced tremendous change in American society and politics. At the crux of the movement, was the battle to end segregation in public schools. The first of two lesson plans on Civil Rights, this lesson requires students to explore the legal, political, and social implications of racial segregation and desegregation through the study of two Supreme Court decisions: Plessy v. Ferguson and Brown v. Board of Education. Also available below is a transcript of the University of Virginia Center for Politics' 2009 event commemorating the fall of "Massive Resistance."

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Transcript: With all deliberate speed? Massive Resistance in Virginia PDF English