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Fieth, Stacie; Deason, Neil – Social Education, 2005
Designed for grades 9-12, this lesson plan aims to let students learn how the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution relates to private property and how the power of eminent domain was defined in a recent Supreme Court case. Students will review summaries from Kelo v. New London to gain a better understanding of the case, which dealt with the limits…
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Land Acquisition, Teaching Methods, Civil Rights Legislation
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Williams, Charles F. – Social Education, 2005
Reactions to the retirement of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and debate over the president's replacement nomination, Judge John Roberts, Jr., of the D.C. Circuit, dominated this summer's Supreme Court recess. Subsequently, after Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist's death on September 3, 2005, President Bush nominated Roberts for the chief justice…
Descriptors: Federal Courts, Court Litigation, Judges, Opinions
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Landman, James H. – Social Education, 2004
On May 17, 2004, the United States will observe the fiftieth anniversary of the Supreme Court's landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas. By invalidating the doctrine of "separate but equal" in the field of public education, a doctrine that had been approved by the same court nearly sixty years earlier in Plessy…
Descriptors: Constitutional Law, United States History, Desegregation Litigation, School Segregation
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Chism, Kahlil; Potter, Lee Ann – Social Education, 2004
The Supreme Court's opinion in the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education case legally ended decades of racial segregation in America's public schools. Originally named after Oliver Brown, the first of many plaintiffs listed in the lower court case of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, KS, the landmark decision actually resolved five separate…
Descriptors: Boards of Education, African American Students, School Segregation, Racial Segregation
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Richards, Thomas F. – Social Education, 1987
Reviews the recent history of the Fifth Amendment focusing primarily on its use by government officials during the Iran-Contra hearings and by teachers during the McCarthy era hearings. Concludes that social studies teachers must encourage discussion of the political and philosophical issues contained in the Iran-Contra hearings. (JDH)
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Censorship, Civil Liberties, Constitutional Law