It is commonly believed that the Supreme Court’s 1954 decision in Brown v. Board of Education, which declared segregated schools unconstitutional, was a landmark event in the struggle to integrate blacks into the American mainstream. In the following viewpoint, Louis Anthes rejects this assessment. Instead, he argues that the Brown decision was ineffective in the short term and counterproductive in the long term. Despite the decision, Anthes points out, the schools remained segregated well into the 1960s. When segregation did finally occur, he adds, it was the...
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