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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Brown v Board of Education for Topeka Case (US)

United States [us]

Stephen M Feldman

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 19 April 2021

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

General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum.
Managing Editor: Ana Harvey

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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