Lesson 19: How Has the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment Changed the Constitution?

Lesson 19: How Has the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment Changed the Constitution?

This lesson examines how the equal protection clause of the Constitution prohibits state governments from denying people “equal protection of the laws.” Like the due process clause, the equal protection clause places limits on America’s governments, not private individuals. Students learn about the landmark cases of <i>Plessy v. Ferguson </i>(1896) and <i>Brown v. Board of Education</i> (1954) and discover how the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the equal protection clause has changed.

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Center for Civic Education

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Common Core Standards

RI.1 - Meaning & Evidence, RI.2 - Main Ideas, RI.4 - Key Terms & Tone

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