Kelo v. New London Lesson Plan Download

The Supreme Court ruled on Kelo v. New London in 2005. The Court agreed with the city of New London and held that the government could take privately-owned land in order to turn it over to a private developer. The Court explained that it had “rejected a literal requirement” of the phrase “public use” in the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment. The phrase “public use” could be interpreted as “public benefit.” Therefore, the government can take private property from an individual in order to turn it over to a private developer, because the taking will result in “economic development” for the region. This lesson plan will help your students better understand the Takings Clause and help them think critically about the Court’s ruling.

Kelo v. New London DBQ Download

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