Civil Rights

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AP U.S. Government & Politics Extra Credit Assignment

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Civil Rights
1 Shaw v Reno
1.1 Key Details: The US Attorney General rejected a plan by North Carolina for reapportionment because it only created one black-majority district. North Carolina then submitted a second plan featuring two black-majority districts. One of the districts was, in parts, no wider than an interstate highway. Five concerned North Carolina residents challenged the constitutionality of this district because of its odd shape. They claimed that it was an example of racial gerrymandering. The residents appealed to the Supreme Court.
1.2 Significance: The Court decided that North Carolina's reapportionment was a violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment because it sought to separate voters based on race. They decided that compelling government interest is necessary for there to be legal unbalanced racial gerrymandering.
2 Brown v Board of Education
2.1 Significance: The Court decided that the doctrine of "separate but equal" is invalid, that separate but equal educational facilities for racial minorities are inherently unequal, and that such laws providing for those facilities violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. This case outlawed race-based segregation in public schools and led to the integration of public schools across the nation in the years to come.
2.2 Key Details: This case was a consolidation of several cases in South Carolina, Kansas, and Washington D.C. having to do with the segregation of public schools on the basis of race. In every case, African-American students had been denied entrance to public schools as a result of laws that allowed public education to be separated by race. The plaintiffs argued that such segregation violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. For a long time, the previous Supreme Court case "Plessy v Ferguson" had denied plaintiffs relief in the lower courts based on the notion of "separate but equal."
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