Jim Crow's Children

Jim Crow's Children

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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 the conventional wisdom. Weaving together vivid portraits of lawyers and such judges as Thurgood Marshall and Earl Warren, sketches of numerous black children throughout history whose parents joined lawsuits against Jim Crow schools, and gripping courtroom drama scenes, Irons shows how the erosion of the Brown decisiona€”especially by the Courta€™s rulings over the past three decadesa€”has led to the a€œresegregationa€ of public education in America.... a contributing factor in the lower performance of todaya#39;s black students in grades and test scores. ... black classmates who a€œact white, a€ has an impact even on those black students who work hard, follow instructions, and aspire to college and economic success. ... Third-graders in twelve of the white schools met or exceeded the district average in reading, compared to only one of the minority schools.

Title:Jim Crow's Children
Author: Peter Irons
Publisher:Penguin - 2004-01-27

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