Brown v. Board of Education: Civil Rights


The Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education declared segregation in public schools unconstitutional. The decision contributed to the establishment in the 20th century of the Supreme Court as the final arbiter of the Constitution. This outcome is contrary to the Founders’ understanding of three co-equal branches, all of which have a duty to interpret the Constitution.


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Paul Moreno is the William and Berniece Grewcock Professor in Constitutional History at Hillsdale College. He received his B.A. from the State University of New York and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Maryland at College Park.