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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Brown v Board of Education for Topeka Case (US)

Stephen M Feldman

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 18 June 2019

Subject(s):
Equality regardless of race — Comparative constitutional law — Right to education — Education — Social rights — Fundamental rights

Published under the direction of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law.
General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1. For a quarter-century after World War II, Brown v Board of Education for Topeka (1954) was unquestionably the most renowned case of the Supreme Court of the United States . Brown held that racial segregation of children in public schools violated the United States Constitution ( racial discrimination ). More broadly, Brown undermined the enactment and enforcement of ‘Jim Crow’ laws, which mandated racial segregation in a host of public accommodations, ranging from buses and schools to parks and water fountains. The international context of the Cold War...
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