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Brown v. Board of Education: A Civil Rights Milestone and Its Troubled Legacy (Pivotal Moments in American History)

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2004 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Supreme Court's unanimous decision to end segregation in public schools. Many people were elated when Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren delivered Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka in May 1954, the ruling that struck down state-sponsored racial segregation in America's public schools. Thurgood Marshall, chief attorney for the black families that launched the litigation, exclaimed later, "I was so happy, I was numb." The novelist Ralph Ellison wrote, "another battle of the Civil War has been won. The rest is up to us and I'm very glad. What a wonderful world of possibilities are unfolded for the children!"

Here, in a concise, moving narrative, Bancroft Prize-winning historian James T. Patterson takes readers through the dramatic case and its fifty-year aftermath. A wide range of characters animates the story, from the little-known African Americans who dared to challenge Jim Crow with lawsuits (at great personal cost); to Thurgood Marshall, who later became a Justice himself; to Earl Warren, who shepherded a fractured Court to a unanimous decision. Others include segregationist politicians like Governor Orval Faubus of Arkansas; Presidents Eisenhower, Johnson, and Nixon; and controversial Supreme Court justices such as William Rehnquist and Clarence Thomas.

Most Americans still see Brown as a triumph--but was it? Patterson shrewdly explores the provocative questions that still swirl around the case. Could the Court--or President Eisenhower--have done more to ensure compliance with Brown? Did the decision touch off the modern civil rights movement? How useful are court-ordered busing and affirmative action against racial segregation? To what extent has racial mixing affected the academic achievement of black children? Where indeed do we go from here to realize the expectations of Marshall, Ellison, and others in 1954?

Synopsis:

IPatterson shrewdly explores provocative issues that still swirl around "Brown v. Board of Education," including whether the decision touched off the modern civil rights movement and how useful court-ordered busing and affirmative action have been in removing racial segregation. 36 photos.

About the Author

James T. Patterson won the Bancroft Prize in History for Grand Expectations: The United States, 1945-1974. He is the author of numerous books concerning modern American life, he is Ford Foundation Professor of History at Brown University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195156324
Author:
Patterson, James T.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
Patterson, James T.
Author:
null, James T
Location:
New York
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Civil Rights
Subject:
Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Civil Rights
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
History, American | Since 1945
Subject:
Education
Subject:
African Americans - Education
Subject:
United States Race relations.
Subject:
Politics-United States Politics
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Oxf Univ PR Pbk
Series:
Pivotal Moments in American History
Series Volume:
97-296
Publication Date:
20021231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
44 halftones, maps, and line illus
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
6.2 x 9.2 x 0.8 in 1 lb

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