The Brown Vs Board Of Education Essay

952 Words Apr 8th, 2016 4 Pages
After the abolishment of slavery in the United States by the Emancipation Proclamation (1863), racial discrimination still widely defined the treatment of African Americans in the south. Discrimination became more structured with laws resulting from court cases like Plessy vs. Ferguson (1896). The Supreme Court ruled in the Plessy vs. Ferguson case that “Jim Crow type laws were constitutional as long as they allowed ‘separate but equal’ facilities” (www.newworldencyclopedia.org). However, the NAACP got the Supreme Court to review the Plessy vs. Ferguson court decision because most public schools, in the mid-1950s, were separate but lacked in equal resources and facilities. Brown vs Board of Education of Topeka (1954) resulted in the overturning of the Plessy vs Ferguson decision on the basis that “the doctrine of ‘separate but equal’ public education could never truly provide African Americans with facilities of the same standards available to white Americans” (www.newworldencyclopedia.org). The Brown vs Board of Education case resulted in the integration of schools. The Supreme Court decision to integrate schools caused resistance in many southern whites, due to the interference of the decision with the preferences of the governed citizens. I believe that federal government intervention was necessary to ensure that federal laws were carried out.
The Brown vs Board of Education court case sought “the aid of the courts in obtaining admission to the public schools of their…

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