After 'Brown': The rise and retreat of school desegregation


Journal Article

The United States Supreme Court's 1954 landmark decision, Brown v. Board of Education, set into motion a process of desegregation that would eventually transform American public schools. This book provides a comprehensive and up-to-date assessment of how Brown's most visible effect--contact between students of different racial groups--has changed over the fifty years since the decision. Using both published and unpublished data on school enrollments from across the country, Charles Clotfelter uses measures of interracial contact, racial isolation, and segregation to chronicle the changes. He goes beyond previous studies by drawing on heretofore unanalyzed enrollment data covering the first decade after Brown, calculating segregation for metropolitan areas rather than just school districts, accounting for private schools, presenting recent information on segregation within schools, and measuring segregation in college enrollment. © 2004 by Princeton University Press. All Rights Reserved.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Clotfelter, CT

Published Date

  • October 16, 2011

Published In

  • After 'Brown': the Rise and Retreat of School Desegregation

Citation Source

  • Scopus