Brown v Board of Education of Topeka was one of the most important legal decisions in the US of this century, and the effects of desegregation and the legacy of the civil rights movement still influences race relations today. In this book, over 30 primary documents place the Brown case in its historical context with both contemporary and historical documents.
Waldo E. Martin Jr. is professor of history at the University of California, Berkeley. His scholarly and teaching interests include modern American history and culture with an emphasis on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; his principal areas of research and writing are African American intellectual and cultural history. He is the author of A Change is Gonna Come : Black Movement, Culture, and the Transformation of America 1945-1975 (forthcoming) and The Mind of Frederick Douglass (1985); he coedited, with Patricia Sullivan, The Encyclopedia of Civil Rights in the Untied States (forthcoming). Martin has published numerous articles and lectured widely on Frederick Douglass and on modern African American cultural and intellectual history.