US History/Trial on Civil Rights



a)      Choose ONE of the trials below

b)      Copy the questions below next to each letter

c)      Answer each question in paragraph form. Each paragraph must have at least 6 sentences

d)     Underline your facts


Trials (choose one):


1) Dred Scott v. Sandford

2)Plessy v. Ferguson

3)Brown v. Board of Education

4) Regents of the University of California v. Bakke,



Use the internet for your research.

Write an explanation of the trial documents. Follow the outline below.


a) What was the trial about? (Complete explanation, at least 2 paragraphs)

b) What evidence (for and against) was presented in the trial? (At least 3 paragraphs, presenting evidence clearly)

c) What is your opinion of the evidence? Why? (Give reasons: 1-2 paragraphs)

d) What position and comments did the judge take during the trial? (Give quotes). Was the judge objective (fair) or not? Why? (2 paragraphs)

e) What verdict was reached? Why was this verdict reached? What was the verdict based on? (2 paragraphs)

f) Was this verdict just or unjust? Why or why not? (1 paragraph)

g) Looking back at this trial from our view point, would the same verdict be reached today? Why or why not? (1 paragraph)

h) What lesson does this trial have for us today? (1 paragraph)

i) What impact on civil rights did this ruling have? (1 paragraph)

j) Include bibliography: use at least 3 web sites. Do not plagiarize. See bibliography format below (ask teacher).



Bibliography format




Authorís last name, first name. Title of book. Place of publication: Publisher, copyright year.



Fogle, Bruce. Training Your Dog. New York: DK Publishing, 2001.

If you only used part of a book:

Fogle, Bruce. Training Your Dog. New York: DK Publishing, 2001, pp. 50-55.




Authorís last name, first name. "Title of item." [Online] Available 

http://address/filename, date of document or download.



DiStefano, Vince. "Guidelines for Better Writing." [Online] Available, October 5, 2004.



Name of person giving lecture (last name first). Kind of class. Location. Kind of notes. Date of lecture.




Nemetz, M.World History Class. Pueblo High School. Cornell notes. May 29, 2016.