To Establish Justice: Citizenship and the Constitution

by Patricia McKissack

Other authorsArlene Zarembka (Author)
Hardcover, 2004




Knopf Books for Young Readers (2004), 160 pages


America was founded on the idea of liberty for all. But it has not always achieved that ideal. To Establish Justice is an honest and powerful examination of the Supreme Court's role in legalizing-or negating-civil rights for various groups. From the struggles of Native Americans at the country's birth to the African American civil rights movement of the 1960s, from the vote for women to the internment of the Japanese during World War II, To Establish Justice shows how the Supreme Court has paved the way for both justice and discrimination, and how this important arm of our government has impacted all of our lives.

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LibraryThing member Atondra
McKissack, a well-respected author, and Zarembka, an attorney, examine issues of justice and equality in American history by focusing on the Supreme Court's role in defining rights of minority groups and citizens. Each chapter is devoted to a particular issue and discusses how the beliefs and actions of the majority were often designed to benefit themselves at the expense of other groups. From the Cherokee's removal to the Midwest to slavery to women's rights and actions against immigrants, laws were passed that limited the opportunities and rights of those outside of mainstream society. Students will learn about what now seem to be terrible decisions, such as Plessyv. Ferguson, which upheld policies of separate but equal, as well as those that helped advance human rights, such as the 1954 Brownv. the Board of Education of Topeka. This book covers a broad spectrum of cases, and the authors do a fine job of providing the history, background, and events surrounding each Supreme Court decision.… (more)


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