Civil Rights of African Americans Research Paper by carbonkid

Civil Rights of African Americans
An in-depth examination of the Supreme Court decisions regarding the civil rights of African Americans.
# 115321 | 5,914 words | 17 sources | APA | 2009 | US

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The paper explores the issue of slavery and focuses on the most important decisions involving the civil rights of African Americans in the U.S., including the Dred Scott decision, the Supreme Court's "Plessy v. Ferguson" case, the "Brown v. the Board of Education" ruling as well as the 14th Amendment. The paper attempts to show what these decisions meant to the lives of African Americans.

Understanding Slavery both Then and Now
The Dred Scott Decision
The Civil War and Its Aftermath
The 14th Amendment
Plessy v. Ferguson

From the Paper:

"Slavery, for obvious reasons, still exists in the world today. The tasks that enslaved people are forced to perform have shifted as the needs of the owners have changed, but the aberrant and disturbing practice continues. Not unlike when Africans were brought to the U.S. and forced to work, in both cases against their will, the impoverished countries were not providing training for future slaves. People were abducted because the possessed the abilities that were desired. Understanding the African-American experience requires understanding that tasks were forced upon slaves who labored on plantations for multiple reasons."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Barth, A., & Barth, A. (1974). Prophets with Honor: Great Dissents and Great Dissenters in the Supreme Court. New York: Knopf.
  • Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, 347 U.S. 483 (1954).
  • The Century. (1895). New York: The Century.
  • Domke, D. (2000). Strategic Elites, the Press, and Race Relations. Journal of Communication, 50(1), 115-140.
  • Dred Scott v. Sandford, 60 U.S. (19 How.) 393 (1857).

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