Democracy by Decree by Ross Sandler and David Schoenbrod
Brown v. Board of Education, the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision that outlawed segregation in public schools, is among the most influential judgments in American history. Its impact went far beyond race, altering fundamentally the way Americans viewed the role of courts in a democratic society. The image of virtuous judges enforcing deseg- regation decrees against racist politi- cians and school boards was unfor- gettable.
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Jonathan Kay is managing editor for comment at Canada’s National Post.