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Choices in Little Rock: Challenges in Desegregation after Brown v. Board

Grade Level Grades 9-12


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The desegregation of Central High School following Brown v. Board of Education ignited a crisis historian Taylor Branch describes as “the most severe test of the Constitution since the Civil War.”

This unit explores the events in Little Rock through civic choices—the decisions people, including young people, make as citizens in a democracy. Students will consider how these decisions reveal that democracy is a work in progress, shaped by the choices that we make about ourselves and others.


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