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This brief article outlines the reasons behind Kansas's prominent role in the desegregation case Brown v. Board of Education, which was currently being considered by the U.S. Supreme Court. According to the unidentified author, out of the five states involved in the national case (Kansas, Virginia, South Carolina, Delaware, and the District of Columbia), Kansas was the only state that did not mandate segregation by law, although segregation was permitted at the high school level in Kansas City and at the elementary school level in larger towns and cities, such as Topeka. Kansas was also the only state not located in the South.

Creator: Topeka Capital
Date: December 20, 1953

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This source can generate class discussions about why Kansas took the lead in this court case because it discusses how Kansas was different from the other four states involved in Brown v. Board, highlighting in particular Kansas's reputation (whether deserved or not) as a supporter of equal rights for all races and ethnicities.

KS:11th:3.1:Brown v. Board (2005)

Item Number: 211810
Call Number: K326 Negroes Clippings, v. 8
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 211810

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