Brown v. Board of Education: A Civil Rights Milestone and Its Troubled Legacy by James T. Patterson (review by Zina J. ’14)

Brown V. Board of Education: A Civil Rights Milestone and Its Troubled LegacyBrown V. Board of Education: A Civil Rights Milestone and Its Troubled Legacy by James T. Patterson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The book, Brown v. Board of Education: A Civil Rights Milestone and Its Troubled Legacy, contextualizes the landmark Supreme Court case, establishes the prerequisite stance of African Americans, and analyzes the effects of the court case educationally, socially, politically, and economically. James T. Patterson excellently supports his arguments with a variety of evidence, such as pictures, primary evidence, secondary evidence, and charts. For example, Patterson cites a shocking statistic regarding the huge investment difference for African Americans and white students prior to the court case – 228.05 vs. 570 dollars. However, the book would have been even stronger if he expanded more on the effects of Brown v. Board on other underrepresented groups and movements, such as the feminist wave. Nevertheless, a Brown University professor, Patterson is clearly an expert in the subject. The book is a must-read for all Americans, especially historians, to greatly appreciate the civil rights movement and better understand the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court Case. – Zina J. ’14

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