Social Scientists for Social Justice: Making the Case against Segregation

Social Scientists for Social Justice: Making the Case against Segregation

by John P. Jackson Jr.
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814742661

ISBN-13: 9780814742662

Pub. Date: 11/01/2001

Publisher: New York University Press

"Kenneth Clark's famous "doll tests" shocked the nation in the 1950s when he was able to demonstrate that when given a choice, African American children preferred white dolls to black dolls. These tests were part of a larger social scientific project that inspired the legal staff of the NAACP to bring the Brown vs. Board of Education lawsuit. This study and others…  See more details below

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"Kenneth Clark's famous "doll tests" shocked the nation in the 1950s when he was able to demonstrate that when given a choice, African American children preferred white dolls to black dolls. These tests were part of a larger social scientific project that inspired the legal staff of the NAACP to bring the Brown vs. Board of Education lawsuit. This study and others like it showed the debilitating psychological effects of racism and segregation and had a powerful influence on the Supreme Court justices. In many ways, Kenneth Clark and other social scientists helped break the back of Southern segregation." Jackson discusses this most famous of the social scientific studies in support of Brown but he also focuses on the decade of social science research on race leading up to it to show how social scientists struggled to impact American law and policy on race and poverty. He demonstrates that without these academics, who brought their talents to bear on the most pressing issues of the day, we wouldn't enjoy the legal protections against discrimination we take for granted.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814742662
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
11/01/2001
Series:
Critical America Series
Pages:
291
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1Introduction: Framing the Historical Problem1
1Background
2The Study of Race between the Wars17
3Effect of World War II on the Study of Racial Prejudice43
2Forging the Alliance
4The American Jewish Congress63
5Pre-Brown Litigation79
3Brown Litigation
6Recruiting Expert Witnesses109
7Testimony of the Experts125
8Supreme Court Hearings and Decision, Brown I153
9Supreme Court Hearings and Decision, Brown II182
4Dissolution
10Committee of Social Science Consultants199
11Conclusion213
Notes227
Bibliography247
Index285
About the Author291

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