Separate Is Not Equal - Brown v. Board of Education

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Segregated America
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The Battleground
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The Decision

The Supreme Court

The United States Supreme Court is the nation’s highest court for all cases and controversies arising under the Constitution or the laws of the United States. As a guardian and interpreter of the Constitution, the Court has the power to invalidate legislation or presidential orders. When the Court rules on a constitutional issue, only a constitutional amendment or a new ruling of the Court can change that judgment.

United States Supreme Court

United States Supreme Court building

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