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Brown v. Board of Education  Brown v. Board of Education was a high- profile, landmark Supreme Court Case that established a ruling that declared state laws segregating white and black students in public schools to be unconstitutional. The outcome of this case was so significant because it prompted the overturning of a precedent set by the previous Plessy v. Ferguson case, which made it lawful for state-sponsored schools to segregate public educational systems. The outcome of this case declared that segregated educational facilities were harmful to the psychological well-being of the negatively affected students, and as such, it was deemed unconstitutional to do so.

Roe v. Wade  Roe v. Wade was another high- profile, landmark case that was conducted by the Supreme Court regarding the issue of abortion. The case had to do with a woman’s decision to have an abortion, and what it would mean to do so concerning the life of the unborn life and the health of the woman. The result of the case disallowed many state and federal restrictions on abortion in the United States, which brought the issue of abortion to a national audience, causing people to consider to what extent, abortion should be legal.

Civil Rights Act of 1964  This act was an important piece of legislation because of the social significance it stood for after the fact. It outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. This was huge because it meant the end of unequal voter registration requirements and racial segregation in schools and the workplace. While at first, the powers granted to law enforcement to enforce the act were weak, over time, they grew. This promoted more protection for all American citizens per the merits of the 14th Amendment of the Constitution.

Voting Rights Act of 1965  This act was also another very important piece of federal legislation because it prohibited discrimination concerning voting. Basically, the basis of this act was designed to make sure that the voting rights outlined by the 14th and 15th Amendments would be enforced. This was such an important advancement for the racial minorities of the country; as evidence of this, the Department of Justice officially stated that this may very well have been the most effective and significant piece of legislation concerning civil rights ever enacted.

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