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Changing Laws: Politics of the Civil Rights Era

Available January 2021! In Changing Laws: Politics of the Civil Rights Era, middle graders explore the key legislative and judicial victories of the era that spanned from 1954 to the early 1970s, including Brown v. Board of Education, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the Fair Housing Act of 1968, all of which couldn’t have happened without the increased activism of the times.
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In Changing Laws: Politics of the Civil Rights Era, middle graders explore the key legislative and judicial victories of the era that spanned from 1954 to the early 1970s, including Brown v. Board of Education, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the Fair Housing Act of 1968, all of which couldn’t have happened without the increased activism of the times. Kids explore how marches, demonstrations, boycotts, and lawsuits prodded local and state governments to reveal the bigotry of their laws and the brutality of their oppression of black citizens.

Hands-on projects about social justice issues alongside essential questions, links to online resources, and text-to-world connections promote a profound understanding of history and offer opportunities for social-emotional learning.

Try these critical and creative thinking projects!

  • Create a graphic to illustrate the path to the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Invent a game that illustrates the economics of the racial wealth gap
  • Map your school by today’s degree of segregation and educational inequality
  • Research voting rights in your state
Available In:
Paperback, $15.95
9781619309272
Hardcover, $22.95
9781619309241
Includes: Table of Contents | Timeline | Glossary | Resources | Index
Specs: 8 x 10 size | 4-color interior | 112 pages
Subject: Social Studies
Content Focus: U.S. History

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction
The Political Path

Chapter One
Separate is Not Equal
The Politics of School Desegregation

Chapter Two
Now is the Time
The Politics of the 1964 Civil Rights Act

Chapter Three
We Shall Overcome
The Politics of the 1965 Voting Rights Act

Chapter Four
Opening the Gates of Opportunity
The Politics of the Fair Housing Act of 1968

Chapter Five
Black Power and White Backlash
The Politics of Resentment

Glossary
Resources
Selected Bibliography
Index