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National Putnam Letters Committee The Evers Opinion

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09641.18 Author/Creator: National Putnam Letters Committee Place Written: Alexander City, Alabama Type: Pamphlet Date: 1964
Pagination: 30 pp. ; 23.2 x 15.5 cm

One pamphlet dated 1964 entitled "The Evers Opinion" regarding the disadvantages of racial integration in U.S. schools. The author argues that "Brown v. Board of Education" had holes in the decision which they found to be unconstitutional.

"The Evers Case" referred to in the pamphlet is related to the murder of Medgar Evers. Evers was heavily involved in the Civil Rights movement in Mississippi with the NAACP. He challenged segregation at the University of Mississippi as well as fighting for voting rights, and worker's rights. Evers was assassinated by Byron De La Beckwith, a Klansman and member of the White Citizens' Council in 1963. He had received numerous threats by white supremacy groups prior to his murder.

Brown v. Board of Education was a United States Supreme Court case establishing that separate schools due to race were unconstitutional. This decision did not give specific methods to end segregation in schools.

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