Discuss the specifics of Plessy v. Ferguson (1896).

This exam will count 40% of your grade.  There are 5 questions here – DO ONLY FOUR. Each question is worth 25 points. If you do 5 I will only grade the 1st four answers – I will neither read nor count the 5th. PLEASE REMEMBER THAT ONCE YOU LEAVE THE EXAM YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO RETURN!

1) Looking back at the US Constitution as first ratified (including only the first 10 amendments), identify four “major” parts that helped preserve slavery. I need the specific citation where it is located. The specific wording in the Constitution, And finally a clear statement as to exactly how each individual part of the constitution helped preserve slavery.

2) Discuss the specifics of Plessy v. Ferguson (1896). Please include in your answer the basic facts of the case, the specific legal claim that Mr. Plessy made about the Equal Protection Clause and the Supreme Court’s ruling regarding segregation and the Equal Protection Clause. I want what you believe to be the key parts of the decision to be included in your answer.

3) The Ku Klux Klan first appeared during Reconstruction. It would almost disappear several times. What were the major historic events and the key issues in the 1920’s and the 1950’s that led to the 1st and then 2nd Revival? KKK Documentary

4) Many people look at Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas (1955) as the beginning of the Modern Civil Rights Movement and the 1964 Civil Rights Act as the end of it. Describe in detail Brown and the 1964 Act, explaining the key parts of both and what each said specifically about state segregation laws. It is important to include what you believe are the central parts of the Brown ruling as well as the 1964 Act.

5) The 1964 Civil Rights Act made state segregation laws illegal.  It also made discrimination in employment based on Gender illegal. The 1965 Voting Rights Act made it illegal for states to have race based laws that blocked or interfered with voting based on race. And yet from recent events of violence and death seemingly based on race, gender, religion and nationality, the laws are not working or they are not being enforced.  The KKK Documentary predicted another revival and it appears that is true. I guess the simple question is where do we go from here. There is turmoil in Hong Kong. And many other places around the globe. What are your expectations? What steps must be taken politically and culturally to bring peace and progress? Good Luck!

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