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        Alexander Clark and the First Successful Desegregation Case in the United States

        In 1867, an African-American businessman named Alexander Clark filed a lawsuit against the Muscatine, Iowa, school district for denying his daughter admission to a public school because she was black. Clark won his lawsuit but it was appealed by the school board and went to the Iowa Supreme Court. Again he prevailed and in the fall of 1868 his daughter attended the local school. In this clip from the Lost in History: Alexander Clark documentary, historians explain the importance of this first successful school desegregation case in the history of the United States.

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