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

| April 6, 2011

Title: Jim Crow’s children : the broken promise of the Brown decision
Author: Peter Irons
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2004
Check it out! KF4155 .I75 2004

From the publisher: 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 decision—especially by the Court’s rulings over the past three decades—has led to the “resegregation” of public education in America.

About the author: Peter Irons is professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of five previous award-winning books. The most recent, A People’s History of the Supreme Court, was awarded the Silver Gavel Certificate of Merit by the American Bar Association.

On the web: H-Net’s book review by Anders Walker (John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York)