Polysci11 - ? The Aftermath Why did the civil rights...

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1 Civil Rights in the United States Defining Civil Rights ± Explain the importance of discrimination . ± Legitimate forms of discrimination? ± What are our civil rights? ± Fourteenth Amendment and equal protection. ± Tests: strict scrutiny vs. rational basis Some Historical Background ± Identify some of the major events affecting racial segregation in the U.S. ± Civil War amendments. ± What are Jim Crow laws? ± Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) ± What does this case signify?
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2 The Civil Rights Movement ± Key legal victories by the NAACP: ± Smith v. Allwright (1944) ± Shelley v Kraemer (1948 Shelley v. Kraemer (1948) ± Sweatt v. Painter (1950) ± What was the impact of Brown v. Board of Education (1954)? ± Example of strategic decision-making. Government Action ± Demographic and political change starting in the 1930s. ± Civil Rights Act (1964) and Voting Rights Act (1965) ± What effect did these bills have on American politics
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Unformatted text preview: ? The Aftermath Why did the civil rights movement lose energy? What is affirmative action ? Regents of the University of California v. Bakke (1978) Recent actions and reactions to affirmative action? 3 Securing Rights for Hispanics The nature of civil rights for Hispanics includes issues such as language and citizenship. One of the key figures for Hispanics was Cesar Chavez . A growing Hispanic influence . Equal Rights for Women Nineteenth Amendment was ratified in 1920 guaranteeing the vote. The 1964 Civil Rights Act addressed gender discrimination. Title IX of the Higher Education Act Supreme Court rulings? The Rights of Other Groups Gradually, other groups are pressing for recognition of civil rights. Gay rights has been the most prominent. Lawrence v. Texas (2003) Same-sex marriage...
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