April 27

posted Apr 27, 2012, 5:08 AM by Peter Knowles
Questions about last night's homework? Let's start there.

Then, we'll be watching a video about a man who thought his Constitutional Rights had been violated, and decided to do something about it. The case Edmonson v Leesville Concrete started in 1984, but it took many years, a few setbacks, and a trip to the Supreme Court before Thaddeus Edmonson had helped establish a new constitutional concept. (Link to video)

As you watch the movie, take notes in a Google Docs Template called "Edmonson v Leesville". 
Look for connections to concepts we've discussed in class, as well as a couple of new terms that will be covered. 
Also, think about the following questions and see if you can form answers based on what you see:
1) How do different Amendments work together to help define new interpretations of people's rights?
2) Why is due process so important in guaranteeing people's rights?
3) Was the case worth it for Edmonson? Should he have pursued it for so long to end up where he was when it was all over? 

HOMEWORK: Due Monday, April 30 -- Federal Civil Rights Laws (21.3) pgs 556-559
Define, in your own words, please:
1a) affirmative action
1b) quota
1c) reverse discrimination
Answer, in your own words, please:
2a) What were the different areas of focus between the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1968? (556-557)
2b) How did the Bakke Case change the direction of recent legal decisions in the area of civil rights and discrimination? (558)