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Stillness at Detroit's racial divide: A perspective on Detroit's school desegregation court order—1970–1989

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Detroit's school desegregation case,Bradley v. Milliken, marked the turning point away from the legacy ofBrown v. the Board of Education. The U.S. Supreme Court in 1974 rejected a cross-district plan to involve 53 school districts. Instead, a Detroit-only plan emphasizing education components was ordered. Looking back on the 19-year history of the case, what has its impact been on Detroit and the nation? Are the courts now left without any effective remedy for separate and unequal? The significance, purpose, and undercurrents of theMilliken case are here explored in search of answers to these questions.

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Radelet, J. Stillness at Detroit's racial divide: A perspective on Detroit's school desegregation court order—1970–1989. Urban Rev 23, 173–190 (1991). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01108427

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