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Elisha J. Scott, 1890-1963, was raised in Topeka's Tennesseetown. As a youth, he possessed a strong drive and a quick wit, which attracted the eye of prominent Topeka minister Charles M. Sheldon. With financial support from Sheldon and his own abilities to succeed, Scott earned his law degree from Washburn College in 1916. During his long career as an attorney, he argued many civil rights and school segregation cases throughout Kansas and the Midwest. Two of Scott's sons, John and Charles, joined him in his law firm of Scott, Scott, Scott, and Jackson. Together they helped to prosecute, at the local level, the landmark civil rights case of Brown v. Topeka Board of Education.
Date: Between 1950 and 1959
This source would work best as an accompaniment to lectures about how the Brown v. Board case came to trial at the local level. Richard Kluger's work Simple Justice includes useful information about Elisha Scott's background and his role in the case.
KS:11th:3.1:Brown v. Board (2005)
Item Number: 209296
Call Number: B Scott, Elisha *1
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 209296
Business and Industry - Occupations/Professions - Lawyers
Collections - Photograph
Curriculum - 11th Grade Standards - Kansas History Standards - 1945-1990 (Kansas_Benchmark 3) - Brown v. Board (Indicator 1) - Plaintiffs in the court cases
Date - 1950s
Education - Segregation and desegregation - Brown v. Board
Government and Politics - Reform and Protest - Civil rights
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Documentary Artifact - Photograph
People - African Americans - Discrimination - Segregation
People - Notable Kansans - Scott, Elisha
Places - Cities and towns - Topeka
Places - Counties - Shawnee
Thematic Time Period - Eisenhower Years, 1946-1961 - Civil Rights Movement
Type of Material - Photographs