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Brown V. Board Of Education

In 1896 the Supreme Court had held in Plessy v. Ferguson that racial

segregation was permissible as long as equal facilities were provided for

both races. Although that decision involved only passenger accommodations on

a rail road, the principle of "separate but equal" was applied thereafter to

all aspects of public life in states with large black populations.

Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, decided on May 17, 1954, was

one of the most important cases in the history of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Linda Brown had been denied admission to an elementary school in Topeka

because she was black. Brought together under the Brown designation were

companion cases from South Carolina, Virginia, and Delaware, all ...

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