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With All Deliberate Speed

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Has the integration of U.S. schools proceeded "with all deliberate speed?" Has progress been made? Those are the questions young historians must consider as they examine the barriers to and opportunities revealed in a study of timelines of the integration of various public schools.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Have groups examine the racial balance or imbalance of schools in their district, the conditions that lead to this situation, and the district's approach to school choice
  • Have groups update their timelines to reflect more current information
Classroom Considerations
  • Third lesson in the "Looking Back Reaching Forward" unit
  • Requires projection equipment for the photos and copies of four handouts
  • Justice Frankfurter's draft degree is difficult to read
  • Presumes a protocol is in place for a mature, respectful discussion of sensitive issues
  • Provides seven different timelines—timelines look at schools in Virginia, Tennessee, Maryland, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Massachusetts
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