Since ratification of the U.S. Constitution many groups of people have struggle to achieve equality under the law. Even after the ratification of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights many people received little to no rights. In particular, women could not vote, Native Americans had limited protections, and almost all African Americans suffered the yoke of slavery.
Plessy v. Ferguson,
Brown v. Board of Education,
Craig v. Boren ,
Regents of the University of California v. Bakke, and
Romer v. Evans have narrowed or expanded equality.
Directions: Select a group of people that you believe to have struggled or are still struggling for full legal equality under the law.
- Identify the historical or current circumstances of this struggle for legal equality.
- Identify specific actions taken by this group; and or specific actions taken by the executive, legislative, or judicial branch to address this inequality.
- Evaluate the effectiveness of said actions