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Documenting Brown 4 : Mendez v. Westminster

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Creator:Mendez, Sylvia
Creator:Gonzales, Gilbert
Creator:Arriola, Christopher
Title:Documenting Brown 4 : Mendez v. Westminster
Date:1920-1946, 1920-1946

Until the 1940s, Mexican Americans throughout the Southwest faced discrimination in education, based on national origin. In California, Gonzalo Mendez filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of his children and 5,000 Mexican Americans who were denied equal access to education. Mendez won; in 1946, the U.S. District Court in southern California ruled that separate is not equal, formally challenging the decades-old "separate but equal" doctrine.

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Grade range: 6-12.

Part of the series "Brown Reactions" : 1. Documenting Brown -- 2. Plessy v. Ferguson -- 3. Gong Lum v. Rice -- 4. Mendez v. Westminster -- 5. Brown v. Board of Education, 1954 -- 6. Brown v. Board of Education, 1955 -- 7. Civil Rights Act of 1964 -- 8. Collected Excerpts.

Lesson plans using this resource: Re-examining Brown.

The Teachers' Domain Civil Rights Collection is a collaborative production of WGBH Education Productions, the WGBH Media Library, and WGBH Interactive, in partnership with the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and Washington University in St. Louis.

The Civil Rights Digital Library received support from a National Leadership Grant for Libraries awarded to the University of Georgia by the Institute of Museum and Library Services for the aggregation and enhancement of partner metadata.

Types:Instructional materials | Teaching guides | Resource units | Historical works (Nonfiction) | MovingImage
Subjects:Mendez, Gonzalo--Trials, litigation, etc. | Warren, Earl, 1891-1974 | Mendez, Sylvia | African Americans--Civil rights--California--Orange County | Busing for school integration--California--Orange County | School integration--California--Orange County | Mexican Americans--Social conditions--California--Orange County | Mexican Americans--Segregation--California--Orange County | Mexican Americans--Civil rights--California--Orange County | Mexican Americans children--California--Orange County | Mexican Americans--Legal status, laws, etc.--California--Orange County | Students--California--Orange County | Minorities--Education | League of United Latin American Citizens | Civil rights movements--California--Orange County | Equality--California--Orange County | Discrimination in education--California--Orange County | Segregation in education--California--Orange County | Segregation in education--Law and legislation--California | Public schools--California--Orange County | Orange County (Calif.)--Race relations | United States. District Court (California) | Westminster School District of Orange County--Trials, litigation, etc. | Mexican Americans--Segregation--California | United States, California, Orange County, 33.6769132, -117.7761462
Collection:Teachers' Domain Civil Rights Special Collection
Institution:WGBH Educational Foundation
Contributors:WGBH Educational Foundation
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Forms part of: Teacher's Domain Civil Right Special Collection.

Persistent Link to Item:https://pbslearningmedia.org/resource/osi04.soc.ush.civil.mendez2/