Brown v. Board of Education, Document F: “African American Schoolgirls in Classroom, Learning to Sew,” (1899)

Do you use document-based questions in your classroom?

This fall the Bill of Rights Institute is blogging several document-based questions on the Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education (1954). Each weekly post will feature an excerpted document related to the case, along with some questions to guide your thinking on it. Each document should be used to address the question: “Assess the role played by the Court as the protector of individual rights against the tyranny of the majority in Brown v. Board of Education.”

Check out our previous posts for Document A, an excerpt from the Virginia criminal code; Document B, a section of the Fourteenth Amendment; Document C, an excerpt from the majority opinion of Plessy v. Ferguson (1896); Document D, an excerpt from the dissenting opinion in Plessy; and Document E, a photo of a Washington, DC public school classroom.

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Check back each week to see the next document and learn more about a case that had a broad effect on teachers and students in the U.S.! If you are enjoying this DBQ – be sure to check out our curriculum Supreme Court DBQs: Exploring the Cases the Changed History.

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