Brown V. Board of Education: A Documentary History

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Mark Whitman
Markus Wiener Publishers, 2004 - Law - 357 pages
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"This impressive work, in the same league as Richard Kluger's Simple Justice, not only emphasizes the decision itself but wisely focuses on the internal working of the High Court and the all-important, often controversial nature of constitutional interpretation. This fine analysis is recommended for all libraries."-- Library Journal"A tremendously interesting and highly readable documentary history. This work will serve as a seminal source for those interested in the development, strategies, documents, and inner Court workings that resulted in the landmark Brown decision. At the same time, it will serve for the novice as a comprehensive guide to the judicial process much as Anthony Lewis' Gideon's Trumpet (1964) served for another generation. Whitman's analysis and commentary are first-rate and make this book an important one in the field of civil rights and the judicial process."-- ChoiceThis critical contribution marks the fiftieth anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education. The book lets the reader come to grips with the fascinating record of a case in which facts have made a more thrilling story than fiction. The suit involved civil rights giants, Thurgood Marshall and the leaders of the NAACP. Their goals were lofty; not content with merely improving the conditions for black children in a single school district, they chose to fight for an end to all segregation. They mapped out a careful strategy as early as 1939, picking the most promising cases, achieving lower court decisions, and finally combining the five cases for the countdown to Brown before the Supreme Court.The book contains a general introduction and extensive commentary. But it attempts for the most part to let the majestic record of Brown speak for itself.The editor, MARK WHITMAN, is professor of history at Towson State University. He is also the editor of The Irony of Desegregation Law 1955-1995: Essays and Documents, which covers Brown II & III.

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