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.
     
 

In the 1954 Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education decision, Chief Justice Earl Warren cited social-scientific evidence as one basis of the Supreme Court's opinion. In the years following, the role of the social scientists in the legal battles of the Civil Rights era has been alternately criticized as not objective or supported as bringing scholarly insight to theSee more details below

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In the 1954 Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education decision, Chief Justice Earl Warren cited social-scientific evidence as one basis of the Supreme Court's opinion. In the years following, the role of the social scientists in the legal battles of the Civil Rights era has been alternately criticized as not objective or supported as bringing scholarly insight to the task of social engineering. Jackson (communication, U. of Colorado) examines the social and intellectual atmosphere that gave rise to the actions of these scholars, attempting to answer three questions of how social scientists came to study race relations and prejudice, how they defined their roles as experts, and how they attempted to maintain roles of objectivity in the highly adversarial process of litigation campaigns. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814742662
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
11/01/2001
Series:
Critical America Series
Pages:
291
Product dimensions:
6.24(w) x 9.34(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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