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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 0670889180 9780670889181
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In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court sounded the death knell for school segregation with its decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. So goes conventional wisdom. In fact, writes Peter Irons, today many of our schools are even more segregated than they were on the day when Brown was decided. In this groundbreaking legal history, Irons explores the 150-year struggle against Jim Crow education, showing how the great victory over segregation was won, then lost again. The author of several award-winning books, Irons ranges from 1849 to the present as he describes a battle that has stretched across most of American history. He skillfully weaves a gripping legal drama out of the stories of brave, now-forgotten men and women, of luminaries such as Thurgood Marshall and Earl Warren, and explores the impact of the Brown decision on the communities actually involved in the case. Perceptive, fascinating, and devastating, Jim Crow's Childrenis a major contribution to the national debate over race and its implications for the American educational system.      

Author: Peter Irons

Language: English

Edition: First Edition

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 512

Publisher: Viking Adult

Publication Date: 2002-09-16

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