Jim Crow's Children: The Broken Promise of the Brown Decision

Jim Crow's Children: The Broken Promise of the Brown Decision

by Peter Irons
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Jim Crow's Children: The Broken Promise of the Brown Decision 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was very interesting to learn how far back these lawsuite went to try and get equality and equity for Black people. How sad that we just celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Brown vs. Board decision and yet there is more segregation in the schools than ever. Children need equal education and that means putting more money and resources into the 'have-nots' and sharing more of what is offered to the more affluent schools. This book tells the chilling examples of how we have let our children down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is about a topic that has always interested me. I think that the segregation in schools over the past two centuries has caused a lot of undue pain. I only knew of a few major court cases before I read Jim Crow's Children. Plessy v. Ferguson and Brown v. Board were the only two that I had been taught. Knowing only very little, I thought that those were the only to cases about segregation in schools and that it ended quickly. Peter Irons did an a great job in describing and correctly documenting cases over two hundred years. Starting with Roberts v. City of Boston, he meticoulsy worked his way through the major cases. His book inculded Yick Wo v. Hopkins, Sweatt v. Painter and Missouri v. Jenkins. This book shows how well Irons can take complicated cases and hundreds of years to make a great book. The only negatative thing I would have to say about Jim Crow's Children would be the verbage. I know that it is not easy to take cases and make them understandable to the general public. But Iron's wrote like a lawyer. There were long, drawn out paragraphs and the cases meshed together. All in all, I enjoyed reading this book. I think the book deserved the Silver Gavel Award given by the American Bar Association. I would caution light readers that this book takes time and you may need to go back and re-read chapters to fully understand.