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Social Studies Class Holds Mock Trial

Order in the court! Mr. Kumka’s 8th-grade social studies classes held a mock trial in which students presented oral arguments either supporting or opposing the landmark 1896 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Plessy V Ferguson. This case upheld the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities as long as they were equal in quality--a doctrine that came to be known as “separate but equal.” The students did an excellent job working together in "law firms" to create and communicate effective arguments.

Students Prepare for Mock Trial

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