On This Date in Legal History

On May 17, 1954, the United States Supreme Court decided the case of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. The Court unanimously held that the doctrine of “separate but equal” is inherently unequal, so it ordered the integration of public schools, overturning Plessy v. Ferguson.

Psychologists used these dolls to test the effects of segregation on black children. A majority of the children tested preferred the white doll. The psychologists concluded that segregation caused a feeling of inferiority and damaged the children's self-esteem. This information provided crucial evidence in the Brown v. Board of Education case.

Psychologists used these dolls to test the effects of segregation on black children. A majority of children preferred the white doll. The psychologists concluded that segregation caused a feeling of inferiority, and damaged the children’s self-esteem. This information provided crucial evidence in the Brown v. Board of Education case.

Learn more by listening to this excellent C-Span program at https://goo.gl/B0i1J0.

About Tina Nelson
Tina Nelson

Tina Nelson is an attorney and mom. She created the LAWSUIT™ board game to teach her three children about the law. The game was an instant success. Copyrights and a patent were obtained, and Professional Games, Inc. was born. Professional Games, Inc. created this blog to educate and keep its friends and customers regularly updated about our American legal system.
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