Jim Crow's Children: The Broken Promise of the Brown Decision

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Penguin, Jan 1, 2004 - Law - 376 pages
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In 1954 the U.S. Supreme Court sounded the death knell for school segregation with its decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. So goes the conventional wisdom. Weaving together vivid portraits of lawyers and such judges as Thurgood Marshall and Earl Warren, sketches of numerous black children throughout history whose parents joined lawsuits against Jim Crow schools, and gripping courtroom drama scenes, Irons shows how the erosion of the Brown decision—especially by the Court's rulings over the past three decades—has led to the “resegregation” of public education in America.

  

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For this work, yet another excellent study by Irons (political science, Univ. of California, San Diego; A People's History of the Supreme Court), the moral is the message in the title. Irons does ... Read full review

Contents

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1
Forcibly Ejected from Said Coach
24
We Got a Good Bunch of Nigras Here
43
Give Me the Colored Doll
62
We Are Tired of Tar Paper Shacks
80
I Thanked God Right Then and There
95
Study Hard and Accept the Status Quo
118
We Only Took a Little Liberty
133
Too Much Deliberation and Not Enough Speed
188
Do Two Wrongs Make a Right?
210
Two CitiesOne White the Other Black
234
Too Swift and Too Soon
259
Doing the White Mans Thing
289
The Courts Ruling Remains Unfulfilled
315
conclusion The Goal Is Quality Education
338
Suggested Readings and Chapter Sources
349

We Cannot Turn the Clock Back
156
War Against the Constitution
172

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Peter Irons is professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of five previous award-winning books. The most recent, A People's History of the Supreme Court, was awarded the Silver Gavel Certificate of Merit by the American Bar Association.

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