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Children's LiteratureIn 1954 the United States Supreme Court made a decision that became one of the legal underpinnings for the emerging civil rights movement. In the Brown v. Board of Education case the highest court in the republic established that the past practice of "separate but equal" facilities for African-Americans and whites was illegal. The court recognized that the separation of the races existed but that there was no equality involved in that division. Thus, in a complex case the United States Supreme Court took a stance that called for the systematic end of segregated educational facilities. Nowadays, in an age when racial segregation persists in a de facto rather than de jure way, critics may minimize the net effect of this case. However, as the author of this title in the "Supreme Court Milestones" series demonstrates, the effects of the Brown case are overarching in nature. In describing the events leading up to, during, and after this momentous trial this text presents a critical moment in American constitutional history and the author does a professional job of combining the facts of the case with the human-interest element of the struggle toward greater equality. This is a well-written book that youngsters will find helpful in their studies. Further, this book tells a story that Americans should celebrate and know well. 2005, Benchmark Books, Ages 12 up.
—Greg M. Romaneck