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. “The Triumph of the Segregationists? A Historiographical Inquiry Into Psychology and the Brown Litigation.”

Jackson, John (2000) . “The Triumph of the Segregationists? A Historiographical Inquiry Into Psychology and the Brown Litigation.”. History of Psychology 3:pp. 239-261.

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Abstract

Psychologists testified at the trials of Brown v. Board of Education and helped write briefs that were submitted to the Supreme Court on appeal. Psychologists were once proud of what they did in Brown but are now seen as liberal reformers who masked their political wishes in the guise of social science. The argument that psychologists involved with Brown were social reformers rather than objective scientists dates to the segregationist critique of Brown. This essay traces the history of the critique of the Brown psychologists from its segregationist origins to its acceptance by mainstream social scientific and historical scholars. The essay concludes that the critique is based on a misreading of what the Brown psychologists did during the litigation

EPrint Type:Journal (Paginated)
Keywords:race prejudice, psychology and litigation, historiography
Subjects:Chronology > 20th Century
Geography > North America
History > Historiography
Psychology > Race
ID Code:139
Deposited By:Jackson, John
Deposited On:23 April 2003
Alternative Locations:http://comm.colorado.edu/jjackson/research/triumph.pdf