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Defining Moments

Brown v. Board of Education

  • Author/Editor: Diane Telgen
  • Binding: Library binding
  • Trim Size: 7 1/4 x 9 1/4
  • Page Count: 246
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  • Publication Date: 2005
  • ISBN: 978-0-7808-0775-4
  • List Price: $60.00
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Brown v. Board of Education was a landmark Supreme Court decision that ended segregation in American schools. The ruling effectively changed American schooling and, consequently, American culture and society forever. But change did not come easily, and the road to desegregation was fraught with injustice, inequality, and courageous acts of defiance by oppressed American citizens fighting to tear down the nation’s separate but equal policy.

Defining Moments: Brown v. Board of Education presents an authoritative account of the origins and progression of the landmark Supreme Court ruling that desegregated American public schools. It also explores the event’s lasting impact on America’s political and cultural landscape. The volume is organized into three distinct sections—Narrative Overview, Biographies, and Primary Sources—which offer a one-stop resource for student research.

  • The Narrative Overview section provides a detailed, factual account of what led up to the Brown Supreme Court decision, the events and issues during the era, and its legacy in American society
  • The Biographies section presents valuable biographical background on leading figures associated with Brown v. Board of Education
  • The Primary Sources section collects a wide variety of pertinent primary source materials from the era, including official documents, song lyrics, memoirs, editorials, and other important works

Other notable features include a glossary of important people, places, and terms; a detailed chronology featuring page references to relevant sections of the narrative; an annotated listing of selected sources for further study; an extensive general bibliography; and a subject index.

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“[The author] has done a fine job of making this topic accessible to and engaging for today’s students. Look no further to find an all-in-one source for class assignments.”

—School Library Journal, Dec ’05, Starred Review

“Brown v. Board of Education provides a thorough history of the social and political events surrounding the 1954 Supreme Court decision making school segregation illegal. It also gives readers a clear explanation of how a case makes its way to the Supreme Court. … Books in this series are meticulously researched and very well organized, making them excellent sources for research. … This series is a good choice for schools that teach 20th-century history and current events.”

—VOYA: Voice of Youth Advocates, Dec ’05

“This comprehensive volume clearly shows the importance of the historic Supreme Court decision and its aftermath. A glossary and time line set the stage for a narrative overview that delineates what segregated education meant for black children and follows the steps in the legal process to overturn it.”

—School Library Journal, Curriculum Connections, Apr ’06

“The author’s engaging, simple style, combined with a visually enticing layout, will appeal to young readers, or to older readers who want a quick review. … Recommended for public, school, and academic libraries.”

—American Reference Books Annual, 2006