De Facto Segregation: Definition & Examples


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Which Supreme Court case from 1896 institutionalized the practice of de jure segregation by ruling the principle of separate but equal to be constitutional?

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1. Which of the following terms refers to segregation by law, through use of the legal and governmental systems?

2. Which Supreme Court case ruled the legal practice of segregation unconstitutional, which began the move towards de facto segregationist policies?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo explains de facto segregation by focusing on laws and Supreme Court cases that have historically dealt with these difficult issues. You'll also learn about contemporary examples of de facto segregation.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The term that refers to segregation by legal and government systems
  • The law that permanently ended legal segregationist practices in the U.S.
  • A Supreme Court case that ruled legal segregation unconstitutional

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related de facto segregation lesson
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as Supreme Court cases that dealt with segregation
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about current examples of de facto segregation in a different light

Additional Learning

To learn more about de facto segregation, review the accompanying lesson De Facto Segregation: Definition & Examples. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define de facto segregation
  • Understand the difference between de facto and de jure segregation
  • Trace how the U.S. has moved from a country with de jure segregation to a country with de facto segregation
  • Identify examples of modern-day de facto segregation