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Historic Decisions of the Supreme Court

Brown v. Board of Education

Use the Web sites below to research the Supreme Court's changing opinions on civil rights. Compile a chart or time line to present the facts—date, plaintiff, defendant, major issue, and outcome-of several major cases. Then give an oral presentation explaining the Supreme Court's role in civil rights.

Brown v. Board of Education http://www.pbs.org/ jefferson/ enlight/ brown.htm
PBS site discussing the issue of racial segregation in public schools and Brown v. Board of Education. Includes an image of Thurgood Marshall with James Nabrit Jr. and George E.C. Hayes after their victory before the Supreme Court on May 17, 1954. The Brown decision overturned the 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson decision that established that "separate but equal" facilities were constitutional.

Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site http://www.nps.gov/ brvb/
Image of the Monroe Elementary School in Topeka, Kansas, and a brief explanation of Public Law 102-525 establishing the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site to commemorate the landmark Supreme Court decision aimed at ending school segregation.