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Mendez v. Westminster, Federal Appellate Court (1947)
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In Westminster, a city in Orange County, Gonzalo Mendez and other parents of Mexican American students sued schools throughout Orange County because they felt that these school districts were segregating their children into certain schools for “Mexican” students. Rather than sue in California courts, the parents brought their suit into federal courts since they felt this segregation violated their children’s rights under the 14th amendment to the United States Constitution.

For this activity, all students involved in this case will be looking at the court's decision. From that decision, students will determine what arguments each side might have used to convince the court. The third group will take the role of the judges and develop a list of questions the judges would need answered to be able to make this decision. When each group has finished, the judges will ask those questions of the plaintiff and defendants and then read their decision.

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