the nature of American Federalism and how this division of power between the Federal and state governments impacted the Civil Right Movement


Examine the nature of American Federalism and
how this division of power between the Federal and state governments impacted
the Civil Right Movement. As you do so, address three of the following (and
only three) assigned concepts in conjunction an assigned question:

Concept: Enumerated,
Implied and Reserved Powers

Question: What did the
founders intend for the relationship between the Federal and state
governments? Constitutional speaking is Civil Rights a Federal or a state

Concept: Plessy v.
Ferguson (1896) and Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas (1954)

Question: What was the
central question behind both the Plessy and Brown cases, and how did the
decisions from both cases impact the Civil Rights Movement?

Concept: Civil Rights
Act of 1964 and Voting Right Act of 1965

Question: What was the
Constitutional basis for each of these acts, and what issues did each act

Concept: Affirmative

Question: What are the
goals of Affirmative Action policies, and how successful has Affirmative
Action been in achieving these goals?

The key to the assignment is to demonstrate
your knowledge of three of the assigned concepts. Assignments should be clearly
organized, succinct, informative, coherent, and thoroughly based upon an
analysis of the assigned concepts. Always
keep in mind that the key to the assignment is to demonstrate your mastery of
the three assigned concepts you select, the topic question(s) are included only
to place your analysis of the assigned concepts into context. Don’t become
overly concerned with the topic to the detriment of a detailed discussion of
the assigned concepts.

Assignment Format

Section 1Include a brief introductory paragraph comprised of a statement of purpose for
your assignment – what are you going to do and how are you going to do it.

Sections 2 through 4Here you will have a one to two paragraph section for each of the 3 assigned
concepts you select. With each of your three
assigned concept sections begin by first fully defining and explaining the
assigned concept in your own words, only then move to apply the assigned
concept in the context of the connected topic question.

Section 5This should be a brief concluding paragraph to summarize the key elements
articulated in your assignment.

Section 6 (References Section)While you should define and explain your three selected assigned concepts in
your own words, you should be prepared to supplement your understanding of the
topic questions with research. Be sure to cite any resources used in this
section. You may use whatever reference format you desire (MLA, APA,
etc.), but when you cite a website, be sure to include the full and specific
URL with your reference.

Academic Dishonesty

If you do use the words, thoughts or ideas of
another, you must properly cite your source (author name, publication, page
number, and/or website address) and direct quotes must include the previous
reference information and be placed inside quotation marks “…”, to
do otherwise is plagiarism. Since I have seen this problem increasing of late,
I do what to emphasize a particular point here. IF YOU COPY MATERIAL DIRECTLY
RECEIVE A ‘0’ FOR THE ASSIGNMENT. I should let everyone know that this type of
plagiarism is very easy to detect by employing a Google search of any
suspicious material.

Submission Guidelines

Due DatesAnswers must be submitted in the required rich text format (RTF) to the course
site by 11:55pm the evening of Sunday the 24th of October. There is a 24-hour
grace period for this assignment that expires at 11:55pm, Monday the
25th. Answers not submitted by the end of the grace
period are subject to a 10% per day late penalty.

Length and FontAnswers should range between 1,500 and 2,000 words in total for the assignment.
The assignment should be single-spaced, in Calibri 11pt font. If your
word-processing program does not support Calibri font, simply type “My
computer does not support Calibri font, so I am using **** font.” at
the top of your answer.

File TypeAll answers must be submitted to the course site
in RTF (Rich Text Format). Answers submitted in any other format will not be
accepted. The reasons for this
requirement is that RTF files are less likely to be infected with computer
viruses than other formats. Most wordprocessing programs have the capacity to
save to RTF as a one of their built-in “Save as” options. If your
wordprocessing program does not include such an option, you might visit sites
such as RTF Converter from Cloudconvert at

File TitlePlease title your RTF file in the following manner, POL_120_WP_,
and also included your Last Name and First Initial. For example, if your name
is Jermaine Brown, you would title your file POL_120_WP_BrownJ.

Grading Policy

This assignment is worth 20 points. Below is a
breakdown of how your assignment will be graded.


Percentage / Points

Formatting (File Title, Type, Font, Citations &

20% / 4pts


2.5% / 0.5pts

Concept #1




20% / 4pts



5% / 1pt

Concept #2




20% / 4pts



5% / 1pt

Concept #3




20% / 4pts



5% / 1pt


2.5% / 0.5pts


100% / 20pts