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History, Philosophy, and Values

Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka was a major case in the United States, which led to the abolition of the separate public schools system in which black and white students were prohibited from attending same schools. This case is recognized as a landmark case because of the impact of its decision, both in application and as a precedent setting case in the US Supreme Court. The decision of the court in this case overturned an earlier ruling made in 1896 in Plessy v. Ferguson, which allowed segregation in public schools. I studied and critiqued this case in my History and Philosophy course and it falls perfectly within the “History, Philosophy, and Values” competency. When writing this paper, I not only learned about the details that were associated with the Brown v. Board of Education case but also other events and issues that were occurring around the same time in the United States. It shed light on some of the beliefs and values individuals had on various topics such as education, rights, and family. I also discussed other milestone cases: Plessy Missouri ex rel Gaines v. Canada, and Murray v. Maryland just to name a few.