Jim Crow's children : the broken promise of the Brown decision

Irons, Peter H., 1940-

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  • Creator Peter Irons
  • Format Books
  • Publication New York : Viking, 2002.
  • Physical Details
    • xix, 376 pages ; 24 cm
  • ISBNs 9780670889181, 0670889180
  • OCLC ocm50651208


  • "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."--BOOK JACKET.


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 349-364) and index.


  • Where are the Buttonwood kids? -- Cut yer thumb er finger off -- Forcibly ejected from said coach -- We got a good bunch of Nigras here -- Give me the colored doll -- We are tired of tar paper shacks -- I thanked God right then and there -- Study hard and accept the status quo -- We only took a little liberty -- We cannot turn the clock back -- War against the Constitution -- Too much deliberation and not enough speed -- Do two wrongs make a right? -- Two cities - one white, the other black -- Too swift and too soon -- Doing the white man's thing -- Court's ruling remains unfulfilled -- Goal is quality education
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