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The paper examines the critical role that education, or the lack of it, played in the creation and perpetuation of a system of race-based oppression in America. The paper explains that by denying African Americans access to a quality education, whites were able to ensure the continued availability and subservience of a poor working-class. The paper further explains that the inferior educational facilities implied that blacks were intellectually inferior to whites, a message that was internalized by the majority of the white community, and many members of the black community. The paper therefore illustrates how the desegregation of schools was an important goal in the Civil Rights Movement, because of the tangible and symbolic roles that education played in the subjugation of the black community. The paper includes an annotated bibliography.
Sample of Sources Used:
- Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, 347 U.S. 483 (1954).
- Plessy v. Ferguson, 163 U.S. 537 (1896).
- Woodson, C.G. (1919). The Education of the Negro Prior to 1861: A History of the Education of the Colored People of the United States from the Beginning of Slavery to the Civil War. Salt Lake City, UT: Project Gutenberg.
- Schwartzman, P. (2004, May 13). Ramifications of Brown Decision Came Slowly:Enforcement Delays Led to Busing in '70s. The Washington Post, p. PG03.
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