- Paperback: 880 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; Vintage Books ed. edition (April 13, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1400030617
- ISBN-13: 978-1400030613
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.8 x 9.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
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Simple Justice: The History of Brown v. Board of Education and Black America's Struggle for Equality Vintage Books ed. Edition
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*Starred Review* 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. Vernon Ford
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Pros: Mr. Kluger in heart-breaking detail describes the mistreatment of African Americans from the earliest days of slavery until the...Read more