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By Gary M. Lavergne

Winner, Coral Horton Tullis Memorial Prize for most sensible booklet on Texas heritage, Texas country old organization, 2010
Carr P. Collins Award, Texas Institute of Letters, 2011

On February 26, 1946, an African American from Houston utilized for admission to the collage of Texas university of legislation. even if he met all the school's educational skills, Heman Marion Sweatt was once denied admission simply because he was once black. He challenged the university's choice in court docket, and the ensuing case, Sweatt v. Painter, went to the U.S. splendid courtroom, which governed in Sweatt's prefer. The Sweatt case cleared the path for the landmark Brown v. Board of schooling of Topeka rulings that eventually opened the doorways to better schooling for all African american citizens and desegregated public schooling within the United States.

In this engrossing, well-researched ebook, Gary M. Lavergne tells the attention-grabbing tale of Heman Sweatt's fight for justice and the way it turned a milestone for the civil rights circulate. He unearths that Sweatt used to be a imperative participant in a grasp plan conceived via the nationwide organization for the development of coloured humans (NAACP) for finishing racial segregation within the usa. Lavergne masterfully describes how the NAACP used the Sweatt case to virtually invalidate the "separate yet equivalent" doctrine that had undergirded segregated schooling for many years. He additionally exhibits how the Sweatt case complex the profession of Thurgood Marshall, whose advocacy of Sweatt taught him helpful classes that he used to win the Brown v. Board of Education case in 1954 and eventually resulted in his changing into the 1st black affiliate Justice of the preferrred Court.

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