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Fifty Years Later: Five Teaching Units on Brown v. Board of Education

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This publication contains five teaching units covering the social, political, and legal implications of the Supreme Court's 1954 decision in Brown v. Board of Education, which declared segregated schools illegal in the United States. The authors discuss the legal framework underlying segregation and its effects on African American life in the first half of the twentieth century; the political and legal challenges to segregation that culminated in Brown; the effect of the decision on American society in the mid-twentieth century; and the legal and social status of the fight for integration in the half-century since 1954. Each unit contains a background narrative, a section on pedagogy, classroom activities, and an annotated guide to resources. The publication also contains primary sources, a glossary, and a timeline.


  • "Teaching Unit 1: Making Society More Equal: The Legal Road to Brown," by Lewis Ringel
  • "Teaching Unit 2: Race in America and the Rise of the Civil Rights Movement, 1896-1954," by John Jackson
  • "Teaching Unit 3: The Civil Rights Movement and American Society at Midcentury," by Teresa Thomas
  • "Teaching Unit 4: The Aftermath of Brown and the Struggle for Equality," by Paul Weizer
  • "Teaching Unit 5: The Psychological Impact of the Civil Rights Movement," by James Jones
  • Primary Sources
  • Glossary
  • Timeline of Key Events