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Silent covenants : Brown v. Board of Education and the unfulfilled hopes for racial reform

Author: Derrick Bell
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"On May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court unanimously declared that separate educational facilities are "inherently unequal" and, as such, violate the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which guarantees all citizens "equal protection of the laws". Hailed as a landmark decision, Brown vs. Board Education promised the nation's citizens equality and racial justice at last. Yet despite Brown's promise for what  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Bell, Derrick A.
Silent covenants.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2004
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Derrick Bell
ISBN: 9780195182477 0195182472 0195172728 9780195172720
OCLC Number: 53932666
Awards: Winner of Named one of the Best Black History Books of 2004 by Black Issues Book Review.
Description: 230 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Plessy's long shadow --
Brown's half light --
Brown reconceived : an alternative scenario --
The racial sacrifice covenants --
The interest-convergance covenants --
Brown as an anti-communist decision --
Racism's economic foundation --
School litigation in the nineteenth century --
The school desegregation era --
The end of Brown era --
Brown as landmark : an assessment --
Affirmative Action and racial fortuities in action --
Searching for effective schools in the post-Brown era --
Moving beyond racial fortuity.
Responsibility: Derrick Bell.
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Presents the landmark Supreme Court case of Brown vs. Board of Education. This book states that the Brown decision actually enraged and energized its opponents. It also states that racial policy is  Read more...


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"Bell, always a self-consciously provocative writer, remains true to form in Silent Covenants. In his most creative chapter, Bell imagines an alternative Brown decision that would have upheld Read more...

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