The Southern Manifesto at 60: Tales from the Past, Lessons for the Future

Two years after Brown v. Board of Education, the Southern Manifesto was introduced in Congress on March 12, 1956. Its signers used appeals to local and parental rights to try to stifle integration and limit opportunity.

Over the past decade, southern lawmakers have been using similar arguments, but this time, to enact a range of school-choice laws. These laws and the changing demography in public schools have again raised questions of how to define “freedom of choice” and how to best expand opportunity.

Source: American Enterprise Institute

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