This Article will analyze these aspects of the Sweatt case. Part I describes the facts leading to the litigation. Part II examines the Supreme Court precedents facing Sweatt's attorneys, both in the area of school segregation and in the field of education generally. This section concludes that the Court at best seemed pre- pared only to enforce the Plessy doctrine, and none too rigorously at that. Part III focuses upon the process of making the record at the trial. This section demonstrates how Sweatt's counsel took advantage of ambiguities in the prior cases to lead the Curt to address the realities of segregated education. Part IV analyzes the proceedings in the Supreme Court and the ultimate decision in the case. This section examines the factors which may have led the Court to rule as it did, including the record made by Sweatt's attorneys, the law professors' amicus brief, the cumulative impact of the companion cases, the position of the Truman administration, and larger societal developments. Finally, part V briefly explores the effects and implications of the Sweatt decision for related legal issues.


Sweatt v. Painter

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Review of Litigation

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5 Review of Litigation 3 (1986)

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