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United States. Supreme Court 1950-1960 [Supplemental brief from the United States Supreme Court regarding Brown v. Board of Education]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05160 Author/Creator: United States. Supreme Court 1950-1960 Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Pamphlets Date: 1953 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Brief prepared on behalf of the United States for reargument by Attorney General Herbert Brownell, J. Lee Rankin, Philip Elman, and other attorneys at the Justice Department. Devoted to information regarding the case of Oliver Brown, et. al. v. Board of Education of Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas, et. al. Title mentions four other cases. Includes a preface discussing the Fourteenth Amendment with respect to its effect on racial segregation in public schools. Contains five sections exploring the limits of judicial power in deciding the constitutionality of racial segregation in public schools. Discusses public education during and after the reconstruction period and the history and debates surrounding the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Amendments. Also outlines "actions, federal and state, bearing on school segregation," that were discussed by the legislature during and after the passage of the Amendments. Cites related cases in the index, which precedes the content of the brief. First edition. [188 p. + 2 collateral items]

People: United States. Supreme Court 1950-1960.

Historical Era: 1945 to the Present

Keywords/Subjects: Civil Rights, Education Reform, Civil Rights Movement, Supreme Court, Judiciary, Government and Civics, Law, Education, African American History, Jim Crow, US Constitution, US Constitutional Amendment, Reconstruction, Segregation

Sub Era: The Civil Rights Movement The Fifties