Jim Crow's Children

Jim Crow's Children

The Broken Promise of the Brown Decision

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Penguin Putnam
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 Children is a major contribution to the national debate over race and its implications for the American educational system.

Baker & Taylor
An award-winning legal historian and author of A People's History of the Supreme Court explores the long legacy of segregation in America, showing readers how the famous Brown decision broke the back of Jim Crow but was quickly replaced by another form of segregation. 15,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
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 award-winning historian Peter Irons, today many of our schools are even more segregated than they were on the day when Brown was decided. Irons shows how the Court's rulings during the past three decades have revived the Jim Crow system in schools across the country, and how the "resegregation" of American education has contributed to persistent racial gaps in academic skills.
In this book, Irons explores the 150-year struggle against Jim Crow education. He weaves a gripping drama from courtroom battles that began with the first case, filed in Boston in 1849, through the victory of NAACP lawyers in Brown, to the erosion of that decision in Supreme Court rulings in the 1990s. Irons paints vivid portraits of lawyers and judges such as Thurgood Marshall, John W. Davis, Felix Frankfurter, and Earl Warren, as well as captivating sketches of black children like Sarah Roberts in 1849, Linda Brown in 1954, and Kalima Jenkins in 1995, whose parents joined lawsuits against Jim Crow schools.

Baker
& Taylor

Explores the long legacy of school segregation in the United States, showing how the famous Brown decision broke the back of legalized Jim Crow, which was quickly replaced by another form of segregation.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Viking : Published by Penguin Group, [2002]
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9780670889181
0670889180
Branch Call Number: 370.19 IRONS
Characteristics: xix, 376 pages ; 24 cm

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