The Roberts Case

December 14, 1849

From the Boston Courier of Dec. 5, is an account of the arguments presented to the Court re. the Roberts case.  The arguments made by Charles Sumner are here grouped under seven headings, all of which maintain that “the discrimination of children on account of color or race, in the public schools of Boston, is in the nature of caste, and is a violation of equality.” Sumner also recognizes that the colored citizens had originally requested such a separate school, but that they were now against separation.  P.W.Chandler, arguing for the City, maintained that the legal right to make the decision rested with the  school committee.