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Simple Justice: The History of Brown v. Board of Education and Black America's Struggle for Equality
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Simple Justice is the definitive history of the landmark case Brown v. Board of Education and the epic struggle for racial equality in this country. Combining intensive research with original interviews with surviving participants, Richard Kluger provides the fullest possible view of the human and legal drama in the years before 1954, the cumulative assaults on the white power structure that defended segregation, and the step-by-step establishment of a team of inspired black lawyers that could successfully challenge the law. Now, on the fiftieth anniversary of the unanimous Supreme Court decision that ended legal segregation, Kluger has updated his work with a new final chapter covering events and issues that have arisen since the book was first published, including developments in civil rights and recent cases involving affirmative action, which rose directly out of Brown v. Board of Education.From the Trade Paperback edition.

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        Pulitzer Prize winner Kluger's 1976 volume is considered the definitive chronicle of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case, capturing both the legal and human drama. To commemorate the history-making decision's 50th anniversary, Kluger has added a new final chapter updating civil rights developments since the book's initial publication. Even if your existing editions are still serviceable, you should consider updating with this expanded text.

        Copyright 2004 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        Published to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of the landmark " Brown "decision, this update and expansion of the widely acclaimed original work, published in 1976, goes beyond portrayals of the major players involved in the decision--the NAACP legal team, including Thurgood Marshall and Charles Houston; the defender of states' rights, John Davis; and Chief Justice Earl Warren, who brokered a unanimous decision shortly after joining the Court; and the complainants, who undertook personal risk to challenge the doctrine of separate but equal. In this volume, Kluger also analyzes the nation's progress on race issues in the intervening 28 years since the book was first published. In a new chapter, he looks at the politics and policies of the Nixon and Reagan eras--courting the South through retrenchment on racial integration and frontal attacks on busing--up to the current national obsession with colorblindness that has fostered a hypersegregation that mirrors conditions before the " Brown "decision. This is a powerful resource for readers interested in reviewing the particulars of " Brown "and the changes that have occurred since that landmark ruling.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2004, American Library Association.)

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