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During the period after the Civil War, known as Reconstruction, the Slaughterhouse Cases resulted in the first Supreme Court ruling that tested the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. In this lesson, students examine a constitutional challenge to the regulation of the New Orleans meat butchering industry under the Fourteenth Amendment. Students will use short clips from C-SPAN’s Landmark Cases program on the Slaughterhouse Cases and additional resources to respond to an essay prompt. A rubric to assess students’ writing and understanding of content is provided.


  • Social Studies > Civics
  • Social Studies > Government
  • Social Studies > History/Local
  • Social Studies > United States Government
  • Social Studies > United States History

Education Levels:

  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12


Supreme Court Case, Landmark Supreme Court Case, Slaughterhouse Cases



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