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Southern stalemate : five years without public education in Prince Edward County, Virginia

Author: Christopher Bonastia
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In 1959, Virginia's Prince Edward County closed its public schools rather than obey a court order to desegregate. For five years, black children were left to fend for themselves while the courts decided if the county could continue to deny its citizens public education. Investigating this remarkable and nearly forgotten story of local, state, and federal political confrontation, Christopher Bonastia recounts the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Bonastia
ISBN: 9780226063898 0226063895
OCLC Number: 710903887
Description: xii, 337 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Why Prince Edward County? --
White supremacy and black resistance in Prince Edward County and Virginia --
No middle ground: the rapid ascent of massive resistance --
Breaking the basket of eggs: the collapse of massive resistance --
"The doors was chained, so i knew then": educational options during the closing years --
The federal government confronts the "lone pocket of ludicrous resistance" --
"Clean as a hound's tooth": white justifications for the school closings --
From the courtroom to the street: black activism in Prince Edward --
The grudging resumption of public education --
Conclusion: a county ahead of its time?
Responsibility: Christopher Bonastia.

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In 1959, Virginia's Prince Edward County closed its public schools rather than obey a court order to desegregate. This title recounts the test of wills that pitted resolute African Americans against  Read more...

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"Well written and engaging, this book richly chronicles an incident that has been underexplored in the vast civil rights movement literature." (David Cunningham, Brandeis University)"

 
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