Olivia's Story: The Conspiracy of Heroes Behind Shelley V. Kraemer (Hardcover)

Olivia's Story: The Conspiracy of Heroes Behind Shelley V. Kraemer By Jeffrey S. Copeland Cover Image
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The story of the landmark 1948 Supreme Court decision, Shelley v Kraemer, told through the voice of one of the participants, an African-American teacher in the St. Louis schools.

Many battles have been fought through the years to gain dignity, justice and equality for all in America. Few of those battles have had the lasting significance and impact of the one described in the telling of Olivia's Story. Olivia Merriweather Perkins joined a brave group of people in St. Louis, Missouri who came together, without regard to their personal safety and well-being, to fight for rights that had been denied to people of color, the right to property. Their sacrifices eventually led to "Shelley vs Kraemer," one of the most important legal battles of modern times, the impact of which was felt in every corner of America. This legal case changed the face of a nation, not only in housing but also in other area taken for granted today.

About the Author

Jeffrey Copeland is Professor and Head of the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Northern Iowa, where he teaches children's and young adult literature courses and English Education. He has authored and edited numerous books, including "Speaking of Poets" and "Young Adult Literature: A Contemporary Reader." A native St. Louisan, he lives in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781557788849
ISBN-10: 1557788847
Publisher: Paragon House Publishers
Publication Date: April 1st, 2010
Pages: 365
Language: English