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"The greatest brutality of our time," wrote Mark Howe, "is racial inequality . . . . " The apparent simplicity of his statement belies the complexity of feeling and thought which underlay it. There was of course the moral imperative to do away with iniquity. But there was also the historical imperative to bring American law and life into conformity with principles built into our national covenant almost a century ago and still unimplemented. Without the conclusive force of history, morality alone would not–for Howe, lawyer and historian–have justified the corrective action of the Court on which he lavished his relentless scholarship.

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