Here American history and American law merge into one. Key historical events and landmark legal cases fill the pages of this book. American ideals of "All men are created equal" and "Equal justice under law" run headlong into white supremacy and gender inequality. This textbook allows history teachers and students alike to explore the social and cultural impact of judicial thinking on American society. The lessons are clear, concise and informative. They can be taught in a single semester in a Civil Rights class or in tandem with an American History class. A wider reading audience, interested in how the wheels of justice turn, can gain a deep understanding in short order of the history and case law surrounding civil rights.