Brown v. Board of Education: A Fight for Simple Justice

Brown v. Board of Education: A Fight for Simple Justice

by Susan Goldman Rubin


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An award-winning author chronicles the story behind the landmark Supreme Court decision in this fascinating account for young readers.

In 1954, one of the most significant Supreme Court decisions of the twentieth Century aimed to end school segregation in the United States. The ruling was the culmination of work by many people who stood up to racial inequality, some risking significant danger and hardship, and of careful strategizing by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Award-winning author Susan Goldman Rubin tells the stories behind the ruling and the people responsible for it. Illustrated with historical photographs, this well-researched narrative account is a perfect introduction to the history of school segregation in the United States and the long struggle to end it. An epilogue looks at the far-reaching effects of this landmark decision, and shows how our country still grapples today with a public school system not yet fully desegregated.

Detailed backmatter includes a timeline, primary source texts, and summaries of all mentioned court cases.

An ALA Notable Children's Book
A Patterson Prize Honor Book
A Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780823440351
Publisher: Holiday House
Publication date: 12/18/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 663,503
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 10 Years

About the Author

SUSAN GOLDMAN RUBIN is the prominent author of more than thirty-five books for children. Her Freedom Summer: The 1964 Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi was an ALA Notable Book, a Booklist Editor's Choice and a Golden Kite Honor Award recipient.

Table of Contents

Introduction: What Is Segregation? 1

1 Challenging the Law 9

2 Linda Carol Brown 13

3 Children Are Craving Light 18

4 Stand Together 24

5 Lasting Injury 28

6 Student Strike! 34

7 Playing for Keeps 41

8 Mad at Everyone 47

9 "We Are All American" 54

10 In the Minds of Children 59

11 Helping Make History 64

12 We Knew We Were Right 70

13 We, Too, Are Equal 75

14 The Greatest Victory 79

15 How Things Worked in America 85

Epilogue: The Fight Goes On 91

Timeline 99

Brief Summaries of the Cases 105

Text of the Fourteenth Amendment 110

Text of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka 112

Bibliography 118

Source Notes 121

Picture Credits 129

Acknowledgments 130

Index 131

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