The First Step: How One Girl Put Segregation on Trial

By GOODMAN, Susan E.

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9780802737397
Publisher
Bloomsbury


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School Library Journal

Starred Review on January 1, 2016  |  Elementary

Gr 2–4—More than a century before Brown v. Board of Education, there was Roberts v. City of Boston; this beautifully illustrated picture book sheds light on this lesser-known case. Benjamin and Adeline Roberts enrolled their four-year-old in the closest neighborhood school. Sarah attended, until officials noticed and sent a police escort: in 1847, Boston mandated separate schools for African Americans. An extensive note differentiates facts from Goodman's speculation about what happened. Though Goodman covers weighty matters, such as the specifics of the trial, its unhappy o...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on April 1, 2016

After Sarah Roberts was removed from her classroom by a police officer, a little-known 1847 Supreme Court case set the tone for Boston to e...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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