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Carolina IsraeliteHow Harry Golden Made Us Care about Jews, the South, and Civil Rights$
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Kimberly Hartnett

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469621036

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469621036.001.0001

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Brown, Flames, and Fame

Brown, Flames, and Fame

(p.113) Chapter Four Brown, Flames, and Fame
Carolina Israelite

Kimberly Marlowe Hartnett

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses the impact the landmark case, Brown v. Board of Education, had on Harry Golden. Brown, the case which decided that segregation in schools is unconstitutional, was a crucial event in Golden’s life as it alerted him to the nuances of segregation and the costs of racism he had not fully considered. The chapter analyzes Golden’s criticisms of Brown II, another landmark decision in which the Supreme Court delegated the task of carrying out school desegregation to district courts. Golden wrote that it was up to state-level leaders to make the decision work. These criticisms provided the first look at this injustice for many of Golden’s white readers and at the same time gave him a larger African American audience, as he was often quoted on the topic of desegregation. Later in 1958, Golden would achieve fame again as he published his critically acclaimed book, Only in America.

Keywords:   landmark case, Brown v. Board of Education, Harry Golden, segregation, Brown II, U.S. Supreme Court, desegregation, Only in America

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