“Science for Segregation: Race, Law and the Case against
Brown v. Board of Education
John P. Jackson Jr.
(NYU Press, $45)

In 1963 a group of scientists intervening in Stell v. Savannah threatened to upend the 1954 landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education using Brown’s own weapons of biological and social science. The scientists argued that integration was damaging to children of all races, and that “separate but equal” was a law of nature.

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