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How did Brown v. Board of Education affect American literature?

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The Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education affected American literature in a profound way. The direct connections made possible by the landmark case ordering the desegregation of public schools are there to read about, but consider something further. The decision in that case basically admitted that African Americans had a voice. Literature written by African Americans existed long before the Brown v. Board decision, but this was a legal recognition that black voices matter. The decision arrived during the rising tide of what was later called the Civil Rights Movement, which was, in one sense, an effort to force a place in society for African Americans by demanding the same rights and share of justice, the same voice, for African Americans as for the rest of society. It didn’t technically make possible The Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison or The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin, but the Brown v. Board decision certainly made American society, by which we mean white American...

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