Brown vs. Board of Education
After the Supreme Court ruling of Plessy v. Ferguson in 1896, the doctrine of “separate but equal” applied to all segregated facilities throughout America. However, in May 1954, the Supreme Court ruled against this “separate but equal” doctrine in favor of school integration. It reasoned that “separate” inherently meant unequal. This epoch decision added credibility to civil rights movements in the South, and became a precedent for future court decisions regarding race relations in America.
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Newspapers React to Supreme Court Decision
Southern states, and many of the states bordering the south, did not react well to the Brown v. Board of Education decision to integrate public schools. These newspaper articles report on the anger directed toward the Supreme Court and the various options southern states debated to get around the decisions. From creating state-subsidized private schools to completely ignoring the decision, southern states sought a number of alternatives to avoid the objectionable ruling. However, change did come in the South, and more often than not, it came violently.