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Virginia Brief Supporting Segregation in Companion case to Brown v. Board of Education
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[CIVIL RIGHTS]. Pamphlet. Supreme Court of the United States. October Term, 1953. Dorothy E. Davis, Et Al,, Appellants, v. County School Board of Prince Edward County, Virginia, Et al., Appellees. Appeal From the United States District Court For the Eastern District of Virginia. Brief for Appellees in Reply to Supplemental Brief for the United States on Reargument. [Richmond, Virginia: Lewis Printing Company], December 7, 1953. Original printed title wrappers, as issued. 22pp.

Inventory #25147       Price: $650

In December, 1952, the Supreme Court heard arguments for this case and for Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, but held the cases over. For this second and final argument, the Court instructed the parties to discuss whether Congress, in passing the Fourteenth Amendment, intended it to outlaw racial segregation in public schools.

This brief, by Prince Edward County, Virginia, demonstrates the South’s arguments to buttress segregation, saying that separation of the races was a reasonable and constitutionally permissible decision. In the event of an adverse decision, they request that a strict timetable for desegregation should not be imposed. In May, 1954, the court decided both cases together, outlawing racial segregation of public schools.


Receipted date stamp on plain rear wrapper, red underline mark under ‘Davis’ in the title. Very Good plus.

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