Brown & overturning Plessy Vs. Ferguson.

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  • The Brown Ruling and Overturning of Plessy VS Ferguson.
    • Chief Justice Vinson died before court had made a decision. He would have ruled against segregation, overturning Plessy vs. Ferguson.
    • Eisenhower wanted to keep segregation. He appoints Earl Warren and trusts him to have similar views.
    • Although Warren has strong views, his biggest concern is that Court makes a unanimous decision. He believed a divided Court would make any ruling harder to enforce.
    • One judge, Stanley Reed, wanted to write a dissenting opinion.
    • Warren makes a deal with Reed: Vote to end segregation and it will be dismantled gradually rather than all at once.
    • 17th May 1954, Supreme Court announces decision: 'we conclude that in the field of public education, the doctrine of separate but equal' has no place. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.

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