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TroublemakersStudents' Rights and Racial Justice in the Long 1960s$
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Kathryn Schumaker

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781479875139

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479875139.001.0001

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Kathryn Schumaker

NYU Press

The introductionexplains how and why student protest became common in the United States in the late 1960s and places these protests in the context of shifts in the history of education and in broader social movements, including the civil rights movement, the Chicano Movement, and black power activism. The introduction also situates students’ rights within the context of children’s rights more broadly, explaining the legal principles that justified age discrimination and excluded children and students from the basic protections of American constitutional law. The introduction identifies the two decades between the 1960s and 1980s as a constitutional moment that revolutionized the relationship of students to the state. It also connects students’ rights litigation to the issue of school desegregation and the legacy of Brown v. Board of Education.

Keywords:   Brown v. Board of Education, student protest, Chicano Movement, civil rights, 1960s, students’ rights, children’s rights, constitutional law

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