Brown v. Board of Education

Brown v. Board of Education : A Civil Rights Milestone and Its Troubled Legacy

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Many people were elated when Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren delivered Brown versus Board of Education of Topeka in May 1954, the ruling that struck down state-sponsored racila 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, narrative, Bancroft Prize-winning historian James T. Patterson takes readers through the dramatic case and its 50-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 shephered a fractured Court to a unanimous decision.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 318 pages
  • 162.1 x 241.8 x 29.7mm | 726.57g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Ill.1M.
  • 0195127161
  • 9780195127164

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"James T. Patterson's new book is a compelling examination of the history behind the decision and the realities of enforcing it."--Robin Dougherty, The Washington Post "James T. Patterson's new book is a compelling examination of the history behind the decision and the realities of enforcing it."--Robin Dougherty, The Washington Post "James T. Patterson's new book is a compelling examination of the history behind the decision and the realities of enforcing it."--Robin Dougherty, The Washington Post "James T. Patterson's new book is a compelling examination of the history behind the decision and the realities of enforcing it."--Robin Dougherty, The Washington Postshow more

About James T. Patterson

James T. Patterson won the Bancroft Prize in History for Grand Expectations: The United States, 1945-1974 (OUP, 1996). Author of numerous books concerning modern American life, he is Ford Foundation Professor of History at Brown University.show more

Table of contents

Editor's Note. Preface: Contesting the Color Line. 1: Race and the Schools Before Brown. 2: The Grass Roots and Struggling Lawyers. 3: The Court Decides. 4: Crossroads, 1954-55. 5: Southern Whites Fight Back. 6: Striving for Racial Balance in the 1960s. 7: The Buger Court Surprises. 8: Stalemates. 9: Resegregation?. 10: Legacies and Lessons. Appendix I: Key Cases. Appendix II: Tables and Figures. Notes. Bibliographical Essay. Acknowledgements. Index.show more

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