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Under the Strain of ColorHarlem's Lafargue Clinic and the Promise of an Antiracist Psychiatry$
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Gabriel N. Mendes

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780801453502

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801453502.001.0001

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Children and the Violence of Racism

Children and the Violence of Racism

The Lafargue Clinic, Comic Books,and the Case against School Segregation

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Under the Strain of Color

Gabriel N. Mendes

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the crucial role of Lafargue Clinic in the school desegregation cases that culminated in Brown v. Board of Education. It discusses Wertham’s October 1951 testimony to the Delaware Court of Chancery in two similar cases, in conjunction with his infamous 1954 anti-comic book treatise, Seduction of the Innocent. Both his testimony as well as his Seduction of the Innocent were based on clinical psychiatric examinations of interracial groups of children conducted at Lafargue Clinic. The two cases reveal a provocative, singularly original set of arguments about racism as a public health threat to children of all races.

Keywords:   Lafargue Clinic, Fredric Wertham, Delaware Court of Chancery, Seduction of the Innocent, psychiatric examinations, school desegregation

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