Separate But Equal: Definition, Doctrine & Law


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Which one of the following is the best description of 'separate but equal'?

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1. Notions of 'separate but equal' treatment are derived from which one of the following?

2. Which of the following set a legal precedent for the 'separate but equal' treatment of black Americans?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Test your knowledge with this quiz/worksheet combo of the laws and court cases that used a person's race as a determining factor in how they were to be treated under the law. The quiz will ask you about the phrase used for the idea that one group deserves services and rights in a segregated way and the name of the court case that set this idea as legal precedent in the treatment of African Americans.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will test on the following:

  • Laws that enforced separate by equal treatment
  • Where the idea of this doctrine originated
  • The court decision which overturned a large part of the separate but equal doctrine

Skills Practiced

Here are a few skills students can practice with this quiz & worksheet:

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read and correctly interpret information regarding the origin of the ideas of separate but equal
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the set of laws that enforced the separate but equal doctrine
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question about the court case that largely overturned the doctrine

Additional Learning

Learn more about this legal doctrine by viewing the lesson entitled Separate But Equal: Definition, Doctrine & Law. These are a few objectives covered in the lesson:

  • Identify the applicable time period
  • Review the facts of two landmark Supreme Court cases
  • View examples of the separate treatment
  • Understand the impact of the ruling that overturned this legal precedent