Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka was one of the most important legal decisions in the US this century and the effects of desegregation and the legacy of the civil rights movement still greatly influence race relations today. Over thirty primary documents are here used to place the Brown case in its historical context with both contemporary and retrospective responses.
About the Author
Waldo Martin, Jr. teaches history at the University of California, Berkeley.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Shades of Brown: Black Freedom, White Supremacy and the Law
Roberts v City of Boston (1849) - (six documents)
Plessy v Ferguson (1896) - (seven documents)
Sweatt v Painter (1950) and McLaurin v Oklahoma State Regents (1950) - (seven documents)
Brown v Board of Education (1954-55)
Popular Responses to Brown
Epilogue: The Legacy of Brown
Appendices: Chronology of the Brown Decision: Questions for Consideration