Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

May 1996


Published in Great Plains Research 6:1 (Spring 1996). Copyright © 1996 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Used by permission.


The fortieth anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in Brown v. Board of Education became for many a time to reflect on the wisdom of the Court's decision and to critique its success in desegregating America's public schools. Paul E. Wilson, a law professor at the University of Kansas, has written A Time to Lose not so much to address those issues but a more personal question: why had he argued before the Supreme Court on the wrong side? In his dedication, Wilson sets forth the book's tone and goal: "For Harriet and our children, who believe I was on the wrong side. May this book mitigate their decades of embarrassment."