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The Warren Supreme Court and its Effects on African-American Civil Liberties The Sixties was a time of change in America and the American public began to have more liberal views When Earl Warren became Chief Justice of Supreme Court it made the most dramatic changes and held a far more liberal view than any other Supreme Court before Some of its most profound rulings were on African-American civil liberties The Supreme Court changed American law on segregation in schools and in public places voting black freedom of speech and jury selection Before the Warren Court the American law treated blacks as second class citizens and by the end of Justice Warrens term racial equality was inevitable President Eisenhower appointed Earl Warren to the supreme in 1953 after the death of Chief Justice Vision Warren had previously been a District Attorney and Governor in California The Supreme Court that Warren joined was described by Professor Fred Rodell of the Yale Law school as the most brilliant and able collection of justices who ever graced the high bench together With Warren on the bench the Supreme Court began to move away from the moderate conservative view and turned to a more liberal out look The first noticeable change in the Warren Supreme Courts outlook on African-American civil rights came as early as the Courts 1953 and 1954 terms Brown versus The Board of Education 1954 1955 was the first landmark case of the Warren Court The case came from the states of Kansas South Carolina Virginia and Delaware In each case young black children were seeking admittance to the public schools of their town They had all been denied admittance to schools attended by white children under the laws that permitted segregation by race if the facilities were separate but equal The Blacks argued that segregated public schools are not equal and could not be made equal and therefore it deprived their equal protection and violated
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