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Brown's battleground : students, segregationists, and the struggle for justice in Prince Edward county, Virginia

Author: Jill Ogline Titus
Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"When the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in Brown v. Board of Education in 1954, Prince Edward County, Virginia, home to one of the five cases combined by the Court under Brown, abolished its public school system rather than integrate. Jill Titus situates the crisis in Prince Edward County within the seismic changes brought by Brown and Virginia's decision to resist desegregation. While school districts  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Trials, litigation, etc
Named Person: Oliver Brown; Oliver (1918- ) Brown
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jill Ogline Titus
ISBN: 9780807835074 0807835072
OCLC Number: 711043306
Description: xiii, 279 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: Moton High, 1951 --
Seizing the offensive --
We suffered our children to be destroyed --
Friends in the struggle --
The greatest gift we ever shall receive --
Digging up some liberals --
The long hot summer, 1963 --
Washington, D.C., meets farmville --
The law has spoken --
Standing together --
Moton High, 1969 --
Carrying on --
Conclusion: Victors or victims?
Responsibility: Jill Ogline Titus.

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"When the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in Brown v. Board of Education in 1954, Prince Edward County, Virginia, home to one of the five cases combined by the Court under Brown, abolished its public school system rather than integrate. Jill Titus situates the crisis in Prince Edward County within the seismic changes brought by Brown and Virginia's decision to resist desegregation. While school districts across the South temporarily closed a building here or there to block a specific desegregation order, only in Prince Edward did local authorities abandon public education entirely--and with every intention of permanence. When the public schools finally reopened after five years of struggle--under direct order of the Supreme Court--county authorities employed every weapon in their arsenal to ensure that the newly reopened system remained segregated, impoverished, and academically substandard. Intertwining educational and children's history with the history of the black freedom struggle, Titus draws on little-known archival sources and new interviews to reveal the ways that ordinary people, black and white, battled, and continue to battle, over the role of public education in the United States"--

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"A welcome addition to the growing body of scholarship on school desegregation and the civil rights era in Virginia."--"Virginia Magazine"

 
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