Hartung, Uwe
March 2004
International Journal of Public Opinion Research;Spring2004, Vol. 16 Issue 1, p88
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the research into the effects of segregation and its role in the case of Brown Vs. Board of Education. Brown vs. Board of Education is a landmark in the history of U.S. society and it is today also widely considered to be a landmark in the history of the U.S. judiciary. The ruling is among the first that acknowledged social science results and given the importance of this decision, may be seen as the decisive step towards the use of social science results in litigation. In 1951, there were several pending court cases against segregation of public schools in the U.S. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) decided to pursue four of them to the Supreme Court, who finally ruled on all of them in two decisions, 1954 and 1955, referred to under the heading Brown vs. Board of Education. Social scientists had already testified in these cases before lower courts. Many of them also contributed to NAACP's efforts before the Supreme Court. Most of these were associated with the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) and its Committee on Intergoup Relations.


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