Constitution Day
ATT: Dinah Zeiger
JAMM - University of Idaho
P.O. Box 443178
Moscow, ID 83844-3178

FAX: (208) 885-6450


Phone: 208-885-6111
Toll-free: 88-88-UIDAHO
Fax: 208-885-9119
Student Union Building
875 Perimeter Drive MS 4264
Moscow, ID 83844-4264


Phone: 208-334-2999
Fax: 208-364-4035
322 E. Front Street
Boise, ID 83702

Coeur d'Alene

Phone: 208-667-2588
Toll-free: 888-208-2268
Fax: 208-664-1272
1031 N. Academic Way,
Suite 242
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814

Idaho Falls

Phone: 208-282-7900
Fax: 208-282-7929
1776 Science Center Drive, Suite 306
Idaho Falls, ID 83402

Civel Rights Arrest

Lesson 4: Times v. Sullivan and The Civil Rights Movement

Framing Questions
  1. What events/conditions shaped the libel fight between the southern states and northern media companies?
  2. What role did media play in the civil rights movement?
  3. What were the consequences of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in New York Times v. Sullivan?
  4. What might the outcome of the civil rights movement have been had the Court backed Sullivan?

  1. Understand the provisions of the U.S. Constitution that supported Sullivan’s belief that he had been libeled.
  2. Explain how the Court’s decision benefitted media in general and aided the civil rights movement in particular.
  3. Discuss the importance of the constitutional guarantee of free speech and press.
  4. Identify the difference between opinion and fact.