The Shifting Wind: The Supreme Court and Civil Rights from Reconstruction to Brown / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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- State University of New York Press
Examines the significant role played by the U.S. Supreme Court in shaping race relations and affecting civil rights in the period between the end of the Civil War and the 1954 Brown decision.
The Supreme Court played a decisive, and not always positive role in molding the relationship between race and rights during the ninety years between the end of the Civil War and Brown. Brown marked a turning point in the meaning of race in American society. Its contribution to the erosion of the moral legitimacy of segregation helped impel the civil rights movement toward major legislative success, culminating with the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
About the Author
John R. Howard is Distinguished Service Professor in the Division of Social Sciences at the State University of New York at Purchase, and is a practicing attorney. He is the author of The Cutting Edge: Social Movements and Social Change in America; coauthor of Life Styles in the Black Ghetto; and coeditor of Urban Black Politics.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: The Supreme Court and Civil Rights
2. The Meaning of Freedom
3. The First Cases
4. From Pace to Plessy: If Not Slavery-What?
5. American Apartheid
6. The Court and the "Golden Age of Segregation"
7. From Scottsboro to Gaines
8. The Road to Brown
9. Brown v. Board of Education
10. The Post-Brown Era