Evaluating the Causes and Legacy of the 14th Amendment

How can you protect individuals from unjust actions from their state governments? How did the 14th Amendment try to solve this problem? Was it successful?
people holding sign that says 14th amendment no state shall deny to any person... equal protection of the law

Students will examine the motivations and origins of the 14th Amendment, examining the meaning and language of Section 1 of the 14th Amendment in particular. In doing so, students will think about how Section 1 of the 14th Amendment fundamentally changed the structure of the U.S. government and the rights and freedoms afforded to individual Americans. Students will also examine the limitations of the 14th Amendment in terms of protecting and promoting equality among marginalized groups in the United States.

Teaching Standard
AP Historical Thinking 3.A, 3.B, 4.A, 5.A, 6.A; AP Content Based Obj. Unit 5, KC-5.3.II.i, 5.3.II.E
Teaching Area
African American History
US History since 1877
US History to 1877
Grade Level
Downloadable Files
David Mercante-Teaching the 14th Amendment Lesson Plan.docx