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AP Government Chapter 6

Chapter 6 vocabulary for AP Government Wilson textbook
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suspect classification
Legal distinction the Supreme Court scrutinizes especially closely
Reconstruction
Post civil war era southern laws
Plessy v Ferguson
Supreme Court decision upholding state enforced racial segregation
separate but equal doctrine
Standard under which the court once held segregation
Jim Crow
The term for laws forcing second class status on blacks
NAACP
A black interest group active primarily in the courts
Brown vs BOE
A Supreme Court decision declaring segregated schools inherently unequal
de jure segregation
Segregation created by law
de facto segregation
Segregation that exists but that was not created by law
freedom of choice
A school integration plan mandating no particular racial balance
Martin Luther King Jr
An early nonviolent leader in black civil rights
equality of opportunity
Offering the races and equal chance at desired things
equality of results
Distributing desired things equally to the races
reasonableness
The standard by which the Court judges gender based classifications
Rostker v Goldberg
A ruling that held that Congress may draft men but not women
Roe v Wade
A ruling that declared all state laws prohibiting abortion unconstitutional
Hyde Amendment
Legislation that barred the use of federal funds for nearly any abortion
NOW
A leading feminist organization
nonviolent civil disobedience
A philosophy of peaceful violation of laws considered unjust and accepting punishment for the violation
strict scrutiny
The standard by which the Supreme Court judges classifications based on race: they must have a compelling public purpose
reverse discrimination
The use of race or sex to give preferential treatment to blacks or women
compensating action
Helping disadvantaged people catch up, usually by giving them extra education, training, or services
preferential treatment
Giving minorities preference in hiring, promotions, college admissions, and contracts
affirmative action
designing remedies for overcoming racism and sexism by taking race and sex into account
Bakke
A Supreme Court ruling stating that college may not use an explicit numerical quota in admitting minorities but could "take race into account"
aliens
Any persons who are not U.S. citizens
civil rights
The rights of citizens to vote, receive equal treatment before the law, and share benefits of public facilities