by Dan McDowell, West Hills High School

Civil Rights in the United States has seen dramatic change in the last 100 years. This WebQuest explores the most influential Supreme Court cases that shaped modern day civil rights.

Introduction

Supreme CourtThe Civil Rights Movement of the 1950's and 1960's can be considered one of the most important eras in United States history.  It is during this time that we shed the tremendous burden of the post-Reconstruction failures of the federal government.  However, civil rights in the United States have a long history that has been shaped by the Supreme Court.  The decisions made by the highest court in the land helped push this country towards a Civil War, allowed for separate but equal, reversed that decision, and finally placed limits on affirmative action.

This activity will use four landmark Supreme Court decisions to show the evolution of civil rights and the power of the Court.