University of Michigan Law School
Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse
Title "Enforcing Desegregation: A Case Study of Federal District Court Power and Social Change in Macon County Alabama"
Date Jul 17, 2014
Author Brian K. Landsberg
Author Institution University of the Pacific - McGeorge School of Law
Author Role Faculty
External Link
Abstract This case study of Lee v. Macon County Board of Education demonstrates that a federal district court in Alabama, enforcing Brown v. Board of Education, brought about significant social change despite constraints on the courts. The court’s application of Brown played a decisive role in ending the racial caste system in this Alabama black belt county. The court, by adding the United States Department of Justice as a party, overcame constraints that had precluded the executive branch from pursuing school desegregation. Change came through the courts before Congress legislated against school segregation. Seekers of social change must evaluate the constraints on the courts relative to the constraints on the other branches and levels of government.
Citation 48 Law & Soc'y Rev. 867-891 (2014)

This Resource Relates To
case Lee v. Macon County Bd. of Ed. (SD-AL-0002)
person Landsberg, Brian K. (DC)

new search