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Important Vocabulary (•)

As you read the background summary of the Brown case, look for the important vocabulary words that are italicized.  When you come to one of those terms, look at this page for its definition.  Then, check to see if you understand the definition by either sketching a picture of what you think it means, or by putting it in your own words.  Feel free to add terms from the reading that you would like to practice.

  • to segregate (segregation)
    Definition: To separate people of different races, classes, or ethnic groups, as in schools, housing, and public or commercial facilities, especially as a form of discrimination

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  • facility (facilities)
    Definition: A building or place that provides a particular service or is used for a particular industry
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  • precedent
    Definition: a court decision on a legal question that guides future cases with similar questions

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  • legal (illegal)
    Definition: Permitted by law

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  • to sue (sued)
    Definition: To seek a remedy for a grievance or complaint in court

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  • district court
    Definition: A U.S. federal trial level court that serves a judicial district

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  • to appeal (appealed)
    Definition: To formally request that a lower court decision be examined and reconsidered by a higher court

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