Simple Justice is the definitive history of the landmark case Brown v. Board of Education and the epic struggle for racial equality in this country....more
Simple Justice is the definitive history of the landmark case Brown v. Board of Education and the epic struggle for racial equality in this country. Combining intensive research with original interviews with surviving participants, Richard Kluger provides the fullest possible view of the human and legal drama in the years before 1954, the cumulative assaults on the white power structure that defended segregation, and the step-by-step establishment of a team of inspired black lawyers that could successfully challenge the law. Now, on the fiftieth anniversary of the unanimous Supreme Court decision that ended legal segregation, Kluger has updated his work with a new final chapter covering events and issues that have arisen since the book was first published, including developments in civil rights and recent cases involving affirmative action, which rose directly out of Brown v. Board of Education. less
This is a huge book, but packed with fascinating details about this turbulent and important time in America's history. It was incredibly interesting to learn more of the "behind-the-scenes" story of Brown V. Board of Ed. Also renders an in-depth and profound illustration of the inner-workings of America's legal system. Would be an excellent textbook.
I went through a phase where almost everything I read was civil rights non-fiction. This telling of the story of how Thurgood Marshall and his team built the case for Brown v. Board of Education is one of the best. It may be because it combines my fascination with constitutional law and the civil right s struggle in America. Any one interested in either topic will devour this book.
A wonderful book that examines the complicated, and often harrowing, ordeal that Thurgood Marshall and others overcame to win equal rights for African Americans. The narrative fills in many details that are lost to most Americans decades after the struggle.
SIMPLE JUSTICE is the history behind, leading up to, and following, the most well-known legal case of the 20th Century. A great read for laymen and scholars alike. One of my absolute favorites I read in law school.