Howard Kaplan & Mabel McKinney-Browning
This session presents an interactive, primary-source based workshop for social studies teachers that draws upon one of the presenters’ instructional article, “The Rule of Law and Civil Disobedience: The Case Behind King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” This article was published in the May/June 2013 issue of NCSS’s Social Education magazine, as part of the American Bar Association’s “Looking at the Law” feature. In exploring the story of the events behind King’s essay, and the Supreme Court case that resulted, Walker v. Birmingham, 399 U.S. 307 (1967), social studies educators will find a pedagogically powerful lens through which to review the events in Birmingham and consider the relationship between civil disobedience and the rule of law.
Set of Small Group Handouts: Excerpted Primary-Source Texts
The Rule of Law and Disobedience: The Case Behind King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail article from May/June 2013 Social Education, by Howard Kaplan