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Separate and Unequal


reviewed by Clifton L. Hall - 1958

coverTitle: Separate and Unequal
Author(s): Louis R. Harlan
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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The principle of "separate and equal" as applied to the provision of educational facilities for Negroes and white people dates from the opinion rendered in 1849 by Chief Justice Shaw of Massachusetts in the case of Sarah C. Roberts vs. The City of Boston. Sarah Roberts, a five-year-old Negro child, had applied to enter a public school in Boston and had been refused because of the color of her skin. The action of the school authorities in her case was upheld by the courts, but six years later the Massachusetts Legislature outlawed separate public schools for Negroes. After the Civil War and the subsequent period of Reconstruction, this principle came very gradually to be recognized in the states that had formed the Confederacy and also in several which had not seceded from the Union but which contained a considerable Negro population. In most of these states it received at least a... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 60 Number 3, 1958, p. 174-174
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 4383, Date Accessed: 7/22/2019 4:49:36 PM

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