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CHAPTER 4

RACE: CHANGING ATTITUDES AND LAWS

STUDY QUESTIONS AND WRITING PROMPTS

What general point is the author making in this chapter?

The last paragraph on page 39 gives the arguments used by the American military in favor of keeping Huzaifa and others in prison. Did you agree with any of those arguments?

The Supreme Court, in deciding that the Separate Car Act was constitutional, said that segregation does not imply that one race is inferior to the other -- as long as the separate facilities were equal. If you were the lawyer representing Mr. Plessy, how might you try to explain to the Supreme Court that it was wrong?

Homer Plessy's stragety for challening the Separate Car Act was possible because, thanks to Marbury v. Madison, courts interpret the Constitution and decide which laws are Constitutional. Explain how that is true.

Can you think of any times when the military should be allowed to keep people in prison without regular courts interferring?

 

 

 

 

FURTHER READING (HONORS LEVEL)

Read the full text of the court opinion here:

How effective were the court's arguments?

If you were Elizabeth's lawyer, what arguments might you use to show the court that it is wrong?