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Documenting Brown 4 : Mendez v. Westminster

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Title:Documenting Brown 4 : Mendez v. Westminster

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.

Major funding for this project is provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Supported in part by a grant from the Open Society Institute.

Collection funded by: Opensource.

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 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 | Minorities--Education | 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:Teacher's Domain Civil Rights Special Collection | WGBH Educational Foundation | Mendez, Sylvia | Gonzales, Gilbert | Arriola, Christopher
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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.

©2002 KOCE-TV Foundation. To purchase the film "Mendez vs. Westminster: For All the Children/Para Todos los Niños" call (888) 246-4585.

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Forms part of: Teacher's Domain Civil Right Special Collection.

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