From the Grassroots to the Supreme Court: Brown v. Board of Education and American Democracy

From the Grassroots to the Supreme Court: Brown v. Board of Education and American Democracy

by Peter F. Lau
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822334496

ISBN-13: 9780822334491

Pub. Date: 12/07/2004

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Perhaps more than any other Supreme Court ruling, Brown v. Board of Education, the 1954 decision declaring the segregation of public schools unconstitutional, highlighted both the possibilities and the limitations of American democracy. This collection of sixteen original essays by historians and legal scholars takes the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary

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Perhaps more than any other Supreme Court ruling, Brown v. Board of Education, the 1954 decision declaring the segregation of public schools unconstitutional, highlighted both the possibilities and the limitations of American democracy. This collection of sixteen original essays by historians and legal scholars takes the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of Brown to reconsider the history and legacy of that landmark decision. From the Grassroots to the Supreme Court juxtaposes oral histories and legal analysis to provide a nuanced look at how men and women understood Brown and sought to make the decision meaningful in their own lives.

The contributors illuminate the breadth of developments that led to Brown, from the parallel struggles for social justice among African Americans in the South and Mexican, Asian, and Native Americans in the West during the late nineteenth century to the political and legal strategies implemented by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (naacp) in the twentieth century. Describing the decision’s impact on local communities, essayists explore the conflict among African Americans over the implementation of Brown in Atlanta’s public schools as well as understandings of the ruling and its relevance among Puerto Rican migrants in New York City. Assessing the legacy of Brown today, contributors analyze its influence on contemporary law, African American thought, and educational opportunities for minority children.

Contributors Tomiko Brown-Nagin Davison M. Douglas Raymond Gavins Laurie B. Green Christina Greene Blair L. M. Kelley Michael J. Klarman Peter F. Lau Madeleine E. Lopez Waldo E. Martin Jr.
Vicki L. Ruiz Christopher Schmidt Larissa M. Smith Patricia Sullivan Kara Miles Turner Mark V. Tushnet

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822334491
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
12/07/2004
Series:
Constitutional Conflicts
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Plessy and early challenges in the doctrine of "separate, but equal"19
Tapestries of resistance : episodes of school segregation and desegregation in the western United States44
Within the shadow of Jim Crow : black struggles for education and liberation in North Carolina68
"Liberating lifescripts" : Prince Edward County, Virginia, and the roots of Brown v. Board of Education88
From the periphery to the center : Clarendon County, South Carolina, Brown, and the struggle for democracy and equality in America105
A civil rights vanguard : black attorneys and the NAACP in Virginia129
Prelude to Brown : education and the struggle for racial justice during the NAACP's formative decades, 1909-1934154
J. Waties Waring and the making of liberal jurisprudence in postwar America173
Brown v. Board of Education : law or politics?198
The impact of lawyer-client disengagement on the NAACP's campaign to implement Brown v. Board of Education in Atlanta227
"The new Negro ain't sacred no more!" : black women's activism in North Carolina and the meaning of Brown245
The rural-urban matrix in the 1950s south : rethinking racial justice struggles in memphis270
New York, Puerto Ricans, and the dilemmas of integration300
"Stretching out" : living and remembering Brown, 1945-1970321
The Supreme Court's two principles of equality : from Brown to 2003340
Brown v. Board of Education and its impact on black education in America361
Conclusion : Brown and historical memory383

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