AP US History Paper on Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas Supreme Court Case

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Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas Supreme Court Case

The Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas Supreme Court case in 1954 revolved around the issue of equality between black and white children in segregated schools. It was the result of a long-standing legal campaign carried on by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Legal Defense Fund (LDF), to resolve the effects of Jim Crow laws, which segregated public facilities based on race throughout many southern states. The case was held under a liberal court, led by Chief Justice Earl Warren, beginning in 1954. He was an activist, which meant that he supported giving rights to the individual. The decision of the case was a strict interpretation of the Constitution1. The Supreme Court made a good decision in ruling unanimously to end racial segregation in public schools. In the many cases that followed The Brown v. Board of Education case, it set an example and inspired change to occur in reaction to racial profiling; however ending racial segregation does not mean it ended America's attitude in respect to race relations.

What the case was able to achieve was that, through altering the history of black public institutions and achievements of African-Americans by normalizing individuals through constitutional law, the Supreme Court helped reinforce a broader agreement about individual happiness. The Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court Case laid the foundation for shaping future national and international policies regarding human rights.

The case first began when a young African-American student named Linda Brown, who was eight at the time, had to cross Topeka, Kansas to attend grade school�. While her white friends were able to attend public school a few blocks away, Linda and her sister Terry Lynn, had to...