Brown's battleground : students, segregationists, and the struggle for justice in Prince Edward County, Virginia
- Titus, Jill Ogline.
- Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2011.
- Physical description
- xiii, 279 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
LC214.22 .V8 T58 2011
- Unknown LC214.22 .V8 T58 2011
- Includes bibliographical references (p. 259-269) and index.
- Publisher's Summary
- 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.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
- Brown, Oliver, 1918-1961 > Trials, litigation, etc.
- School integration > Virginia > Prince Edward County.
- Educational equalization > Virginia > Prince Edward County.
- Public schools > Virginia > Prince Edward County.
- African American students > Virginia > Prince Edward County.
- Civil rights movements > Virginia > Prince Edward County.
- Publication date
- Jill Ogline Titus.