Stride Toward Freedom: The Aftermath of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka
A document-based teaching unit
The landmark 1954 Supreme Court decision of Brown v. Board of Education overturned 50 years of segregation affirmed by the Plessy v. Ferguson case. Students will read Chief Justice Earl Warren’s opinion on the case, the reaction to the ruling by the North Carolina legislature, as well as letters by ordinary citizens to President Eisenhower, a letter from Martin Luther King, Jr. to Vice President Richard Nixon, a letter from a Kentucky school teacher to the ICC, and the transcript of a speech delivered by President Kennedy.
Lesson 1: The Case of Linda Brown
Lesson 2: Public Reaction to the Brown Decision
Lesson 3: The Brown Case and its Impact on the Civil Rights Movement
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