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

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Penguin, Jan 27, 2004 - Political Science - 400 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

Title Page Copyright Page Dedication PREFACE
Cut Yer Thumb er Finger Off
Forcibly Ejected from Said Coach
We Got a Good Bunch of Nigras Here CHAPTER 4 Give Me the Colored Doll
We Are Tired of Tar Paper Shacks
I Thanked God Right Then and There
Study Hard and Accept the Status Quo
We Only Took a Little Liberty
Too Much Deliberation and Not Enough Speed
Do Two Wrongs Make a Right?
Two CitiesOne White the Other Black
Too Swift and Too Soon
Doing the White Mans Thing
The Courts Ruling Remains Unfulfilled
CONCLUSION
Suggested Readings and Chapter Sources Index

We Cannot Turn the Clock Back
War Against the Constitution

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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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