What is a good DBQ essay question (for AP US History) for the topic "impact of Supreme Court rulings?"This is for my APUS History class. I need to create a DBQ and I need a good question that I can...

What is a good DBQ essay question (for AP US History) for the topic "impact of Supreme Court rulings?"

This is for my APUS History class. I need to create a DBQ and I need a good question that I can ask about the topic. The topic is broad but its okay to narrow it down.

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Since this is for US History rather than for government, I would try to go with a question about the impact of the Supreme Court on a particular era.  My first choice would be to do a question about the Supreme Court and the Civil Rights Movement.  It could be something like "To what extent did Supreme Court decisions advance African American attempts to gain equality during the second half of the 20th century.  You could look at the influence of Brown and perhaps the cases before it like Sweatt v. Painter.  You might extend it as far as Loving v. Virginia on interracial marriage or the cases like Swann on busing.  You could then talk about what sorts of impacts those cases had on African Americans' attempts to gain equality.

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