Mendez v. Westminster: Early School Desgregation

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In 1947, parents won a federal lawsuit against several California school districts that had segregated Mexican-American schoolchildren. For the first time, this case introduced evidence in a court that school segregation harmed minority children. Includes a small-group discussion activity. For more Common Core U.S. History resources, visit http://crf-usa.org/online-lessons-index/free-lessons-index.html

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By US Supreme Court. Calvin Ballantine at German Wikipedia (US National Archives and Records Administration) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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