From Brown to Bakke: The Supreme Court and School by J. Harvie Wilkinson

By J. Harvie Wilkinson

This ebook is a historic learn of jurisprudence fascinated about the review of the function of the superb court docket in public college integration within the mid-twentieth century. the way within which the central ideal courtroom judgements are illuminated via the sensible, felony, and political problems at each one step of how offers a really good knowledgeable standpoint that's either attention-grabbing and critical.

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It is the very foundation of good citizenship. Today it is a principal instrument in awakening the child to cultural values, in preparing him for later professional training, and in helping him to adjust normally to his environment. In these days, it is doubtful that any child may reasonably be expected to succeed in life if he is denied the opportunity of an education. Such an opportunity, where the state has undertaken to provide it, is a right which must be made available to all on equal terms.

And he sought that day for his people neither human sympathy nor a government handout, but opportunity in the schools. He spoke not for revolution but for law, recalling America's traditions and values as the Constitution proclaimed them. But most of all, his presence before the Supreme Court symbolized the courage the Negro would need in what he was about to attempt. Integration, to many Americans, was something blacks wanted and whites resisted. But it was not that simple. The experience was as traumatic for those who knocked as for those who would be forced to open their school doors.

5 42 BROWN An article appearing in the New York Times Magazine the same month as Brown seemed to bear Marshall out. Integration would work, the author noted, if it were taken "out of the hands of the parents and teachers and turned . . " 6 There was more to it, of course, than camaraderie on the playground. Integrated education promised a new generation of Americans, free at last of the yoke of race prejudice. The bitter-enders in the South might for a while "line the narrow streets" with "hatecontorted faces" shouting "Niggers .

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