Greater than equal : African American struggles for schools and citizenship in North Carolina, 1919-1965
- Thuesen, Sarah Caroline, author.
- Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, 
- Physical description
- xv, 366 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
LC2802 .N8 T58 2013
- Unknown LC2802 .N8 T58 2013
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 319-343) and index.
- The price of equality : black loyalty, self-help, and the "right kind of citizenship"
- Lessons in citizenship : confronting the limits of curricular equalization in the Jim Crow South
- The high cost of it all : James E. Shepard and higher education equalization
- A "most spectacular" victory? : teacher salary equalization and the dilemma of local leadership
- How can I learn when I'm cold? : a new generation's fight for school facilities equalization
- From equalization to integration : struggles for schools and citizenship in the age of Brown.
- Publisher's Summary
- During the half century preceding widespread school integration, black North Carolinians engaged in a dramatic struggle for equal educational opportunity as segregated schooling flourished. Drawing on archival records and oral histories, Sarah Thuesen gives voice to students, parents, teachers, school officials, and civic leaders to reconstruct this high-stakes drama. She explores how African Americans pressed for equality in curricula, higher education, teacher salaries, and school facilities; how white officials co-opted equalization as a means of forestalling integration; and, finally, how black activism for equality evolved into a fight for something "greater than equal"--integrated schools that served as models of civic inclusion. These battles persisted into the "Brown" era, mobilized black communities, narrowed material disparities, fostered black school pride, and profoundly shaped the eventual movement for desegregation. Thuesen emphasizes that the remarkable achievements of this activism should not obscure the inherent limitations of a fight for equality in a segregated society. In fact, these unresolved struggles are emblematic of fault lines that developed across the South, and serve as an urgent reminder of the inextricable connections between educational equality, racial diversity, and the achievement of first-class citizenship.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
- African Americans > Education > North Carolina > History > 20th century.
- African Americans > North Carolina > Politics and government > 20th century.
- Segregation in education > North Carolina > History > 20th century.
- Education > North Carolina > History > 20th century.
- Public schools > North Carolina > History > 20th century.
- Publication date
- Sarah Caroline Thuesen.