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Black, white, and Brown : the landmark school desegregation case in retrospect
Cushman, Clare.
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Washington, D.C. : Supreme Court Historical Society/CQ Press, [2004]

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v, 343 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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A Publication of the Supreme Court Historical Society Preface by Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist′′′′Few decisions in constitutional law have had as dramatic an impact on American life as Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas (1954). This collection of essays published by the Supreme Court Historical Society and CQ Press to commemorate BrownÆs 50th anniversary, captures the complex history and legacy of the decision that changed public education and race relations in America.′′′′Leading constitutional scholars chronicle the path of the law from Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) legitimating ′separate but equal′ in all realms of public life to Brown holding segregated schools to be ′inherently unequal′ in 1954. ′′′′The essays in Black, White and Brown examine:′′′′How civil rights litigators chipped away at the logic underpinning the separate-but-equal doctrine, focusing their greatest efforts on exposing the injustice of segregation in education. These essays bring that struggle into clearer focus. ′′′′The challenges in enforcing Brown and its impact on African-American rights and race relations in America. ′′′′How public and scholarly opinion about the case has changed over the last five decades and what lessons can be learned from Brown.′′′′The role that the lawsuit played in the lives of some of the litigants, the justices, the law clerks, and the attorneys who argued the case. ′′′′′′High school students and educators will find a lively, easy-to-read collection that makes the complex constitutional and social issues comprehensible. For educators, the volume includes an essay that traces the best methods and resources for teaching the case in the classroom. Also included are a bibliographic essay, index to aid further research, and nine pages of illustrations.′′′′

Table of Contents

Chief Justice William H. RehnquistMelvin I. UrofskyAndrew KullDavid W. LevyJeffrey D. HockettJohn D. FassettBradley D. HayesPaul E. WilsonHerbert BrownellGerald N. RosenbergJeffrey D. HockettDiana E. HessJames T. PattersonMelvin I. Urofsky
Forewordp. v
"Among the Most Humane Moments in All Our History" Brown v. Board of Education in Historical Perspectivep. 1
Post-Plessy, Pre-Brown: "Logical Exactness" in Enforcing Equal Rightsp. 47
Before Brown: The Racial Integration of American Higher Educationp. 67
Justice Robert H. Jackson and Segregation: A Study of the Limitations and Proper Basis of Judicial Actionp. 89
A Plea for the Demise of a Stubborn Mythp. 117
Linda Brown and the Fight for Educational Equalityp. 151
A Time to Losep. 157
Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka (1954), (1955)p. 171
Illustrationsp. 184
Brown v. Board of Education Revisitedp. 193
African-American Rights After Brownp. 203
The Battle Over Brown's Legitimacyp. 241
Brown as a Classroom Iconp. 275
Legacies and Lessonsp. 297
Selected Bibliographyp. 319
Contributorsp. 325
Indexp. 327