Brown v. Board of Education and the Civil Rights Movement

Paperback | July 20, 2007

byMichael J. Klarman

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A splendid account of the Supreme Court's rulings on race in the first half of the twentieth century, From Jim Crow To Civil Rights earned rave reviews and won the Bancroft Prize for History in 2005. Now, in this marvelously abridged, paperback edition, Michael J. Klarman has compressed hisacclaimed study into tight focus around one major case--Brown v. Board of Education--making the path-breaking arguments of his original work accessible to a broader audience of general readers and students. In this revised and condensed edition, Klarman illuminates the impact of the momentous Brown v. Board of Education ruling. He offers a richer, more complex understanding of this pivotal decision, going behind the scenes to examine the justices' deliberations and reconstruct why they found the caseso difficult to decide. He recaps his famous backlash thesis, arguing that Brown was more important for mobilizing southern white opposition to change than for encouraging civil rights protest, and that it was only the resulting violence that transformed northern opinion and led to the landmarklegislation of the 1960s. Klarman also sheds light on broader questions such as how judges decide cases; how much they are influenced by legal, political, and personal considerations; the relationship between Supreme Court decisions and social change; and finally, how much Court decisions simplyreflect societal values and how much they shape those values. Brown v. Board of Education was one of the most important decisions in the history of the U.S. Supreme Court. Klarman's brilliant analysis of this landmark case illuminates the course of American race relations as it highlights the relationship between law and social reform. Acclaim for From Jim Crow to Civil Rights: "A major achievement. It bestows upon its fortunate readers prodigious research, nuanced judgment, and intellectual independence." --Randall Kennedy, The New Republic "Magisterial." --The New York Review of Books "A sweeping, erudite, and powerfully argued book...unfailingly interesting." --Wilson Quarterly

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A splendid account of the Supreme Court's rulings on race in the first half of the twentieth century, From Jim Crow To Civil Rights earned rave reviews and won the Bancroft Prize for History in 2005. Now, in this marvelously abridged, paperback edition, Michael J. Klarman has compressed hisacclaimed study into tight focus around one ma...

Michael J. Klarman is the James Monroe Distinguished Professor of Law and Professor of History at the University of Virginia, where he has taught since 1987.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 5.98 × 9.09 × 0.71 inPublished:July 20, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Jim Crow Era2. World War II3. Brown v. Board of Education4. Brown II and Subsequent Desegretaion Developments5. Brown's Direct Effects6. Brown's Indirect Effects7. Brown's Backlash8. Why Massive Resistance?9. Brown, Violence, and Civil Rights LegislationConclusionNotes on SourcesSelect Bibliography

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"From Jim Crow to Civil Rights is the first great and indispensable work of American constitutional history in the twenty-first century. This abridged version makes this important work available for use in undergraduate classes on the Supreme Court, judicial politics, American politics, civilrights, and political change. Highly recommended."--Howard Gillman, Professor of Political Science, History and Law, UCLA