Grade Level: 4-12
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In 2005, the US Supreme Court took on the most important property rights case in the history of our country. The Kelo case pitted homeowners in New London, CT against city officials who wanted to use the power of eminent domain to redevelop the area in the hope of creating jobs and increasing tax revenues. The homeowners resisted, arguing that eminent domain power should only be used for public projects like roads and schools. Ultimately, however, the Court upheld the city's right to turn over the homeowners' property to private land developers.
Since that ruling, the use of eminent domain to transfer property from one private owner to another private owner has increased dramatically. The controversial Kelo v. New London decision sparked a nation-wide debate about the importance of property rights that continues today.
Eminent Domain tells the real-life stories of three Americans fighting to prevent their property from being taken in the name of redevelopment.
Eminent Domain covers numerous Common Core Curriculum standards across several subject areas including Language Arts, Media/Technology, and Social Studies for Grades 4-12. To find which standards it covers specific to your grade, subject area, and which standards your district is using, use our Standards Alignment tool.
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