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Harold Fatzer, attorney general of Kansas, wrote this letter to the chief justice of the U. S. Supreme Court, Earl Warren, three days after Warren handed down his decision in the case Brown v. Board of Education. In it, Fatzer congratulates Warren on the conclusion of the case and his well-written opinion and notes that, while he himself was personally opposed to segregation, his office had felt it necessary to "sustain the Kansas statute." He also mentions that the integration process in Kansas should be completed within two years.
Creator: Fatzer, Harold R
Date: May 20, 1954
This article illustrates another response to the Brown v. Board ruling, this time from a white lawyer. It would work well as a complement to other sources describing how the Brown decision was received by the public, such as the newspaper article about the NAACP celebration with quotes from McKinley Burnett and Lucinda Todd.
KS:11th:3.1:Brown v. Board (2005)
Item Number: 211844
Call Number: Records of the Attorney General's Office, Brown v. Board Files, Box 1, Folder 3
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 211844
Collections - State Archives - Attorney General
Curriculum - 11th Grade Standards - Kansas History Standards - 1945-1990 (Kansas_Benchmark 3) - Brown v. Board (Indicator 1) - "Separate but equal" doctrine
Curriculum - 11th Grade Standards - Kansas History Standards - 1945-1990 (Kansas_Benchmark 3) - Brown v. Board (Indicator 1) - Responses to desegregation
Date - 1950s - 1954
Education - Segregation and desegregation - Brown v. Board
Government and Politics - Federal Government - Courts - United States Supreme Court
Government and Politics - State Government - State agencies and programs - Agencies - Attorney General
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Documentary Artifact - Letter
People - African Americans - Discrimination - Segregation
Places - Cities and towns - Topeka
Places - Counties - Shawnee
Thematic Time Period - Eisenhower Years, 1946-1961 - Civil Rights Movement
Type of Material - Unpublished documents - Letters