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Ch 8: Understanding Civil Rights in the U.S.

About This Chapter

Use our lessons to review information about civil rights, including major court decisions, as you prepare for the MTEL History exam. These videos and quizzes can assist you in studying for these types of questions on exam day.

MTEL History: Civil Rights in the U.S. - Chapter Summary

Let us help you refresh your knowledge of major court decisions involving civil rights as well as constitutional amendments that deal with civil rights. Our video lessons can aid you in correctly answering these types of questions on the MTEL History exam:

  • Tracing the civil rights movement from the Civil War through the 1940s
  • Exploring the significance of the Brown v. Board of Education decision
  • Finding out about the civil rights issues for minorities other than African-Americans
  • Examining the struggle for women's rights
  • Looking at court decisions involving the rights of people with disabilities
  • Analyzing the 14th amendment

These lessons and quizzes are designed by expert instructors who realize what's needed to succeed on the MTEL History exam. The lessons explain each topic thoroughly and make learning fun.

Objectives of the MTEL History: Civil Rights in the U.S. Chapter

All Massachusetts history teachers must pass the MTEL History exam in order to be certified. The information in this chapter on civil rights is in the exam's subarea on Geography, Government and Economics, which comprises 25% of the total scoring.

All questions in this subarea are multiple-choice, as are the questions on the quizzes that accompany each video lesson. The quizzes give you practice answering questions in this format and also let you see where you might need further review before taking the exam.

6 Lessons in Chapter 8: Understanding Civil Rights in the U.S.
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
The Origins of Civil Rights: History & Overview

1. The Origins of Civil Rights: History & Overview

Most people know that a major victory for civil rights was won when the slaves were freed after the American Civil War, but that was just the beginning. In this lesson, we'll look at civil rights and the Civil Rights Movement in America.

Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas: Definition, Decision & Significance

2. Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas: Definition, Decision & Significance

In this lesson, we will learn about the landmark case Brown v. Board of Education. We will take an in-depth look at the facts surrounding Brown and the aftermath of the decision.

The Civil Rights of Other Minorities: Issues & Actions Taken

3. The Civil Rights of Other Minorities: Issues & Actions Taken

In this lesson, we will review the timeline of several smaller minority groups. We will take a closer look at the background of basic human civil rights, how the groups are fighting for their rights and what they mean to society today.

The Civil Rights of Women: Timeline, Leaders & Ongoing Issues

4. The Civil Rights of Women: Timeline, Leaders & Ongoing Issues

In this lesson, we will review the timeline of the civil rights of women. We will take a closer look at the background of the rights, what they include and what they mean to society today.

The Civil Rights of Americans with Disabilities: Judicial & Legislative Victories

5. The Civil Rights of Americans with Disabilities: Judicial & Legislative Victories

In this lesson, we will review the timeline of the civil rights of Americans with disabilities. We will take a closer look at the background of the rights, what they include and what they mean to society today.

Equal Protection Under The Fourteenth Amendment: Definition & Summary

6. Equal Protection Under The Fourteenth Amendment: Definition & Summary

In this lesson, we will learn about the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. We will take a closer look at the history behind this clause, what it contains and what it means to society today.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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