This book addresses the origins, development, meanings, and consequences of the 1954 Supreme Court decision to end Jim Crow segregation. Using legal documents to frame the debates surrounding the case, Waldo Martin presents Brown v. Board of Education as an event, a symbol, and a key marker in the black liberation struggle.
Martin (history, U. of California-Berkeley) presents a multi- layered brief account of the historical and cultural significance of the landmark legal decision, with analysis of the case's legal precedents, reprinted documents from and about the case (including responses from such eminent thinkers as W. E. B. Du Bois and Zora Neale Hurston), b&w photos, a chronology, and questions. Distributed by St. Martin's Press. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.