Higher Education and the Civil Rights Movement

Higher Education and the Civil Rights Movement

White Supremacy, Black Southerners, and College Campuses

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The story of desegregation of American universities has been sorely neglected, out of those institutions' shame, no doubt, and the desire to sweep an ugly past under the rug. This collection of 7 essays begins to correct that lack with two case studies of the struggles of five individual students and essays on larger issues such as the admission of Black women and the desegregation of football teams. Wallenstein, who wrote a book on the desegregation of Virginia Polytechnic Institute (where he teaches history), contributes an introduction, an essay on the desegregation of institutions of higher education in the South, and an afterword addressing what still needs to be achieved. The result is a compelling read and much needed addition to the literature on the Civil Rights movement. The volume contains many b&w photographs and a number of useful appendices, mainly of related legal documents. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

University of Florida Press
Nowhere else can one read about how Brown v. Board of Education transformed higher education on campus after campus, in state after state, across the South. And no other book details the continuing struggle to change each school in the years that followed the enrollment of the first African American students.
Institutions of higher education long functioned as bastions of white supremacy and black exclusion. Against the walls of Jim Crow and the powers of state laws, black southerners--prospective students, their parents and families, their lawyers and their communities--struggled to gain access and equity. Higher Education and the Civil Rights Movement examines an understudied aspect of racial history, revealing desegregation to be a process, not an event.

Publisher: Gainesville : University Press of Florida, 2008
ISBN: 9780813031620
Characteristics: xv, 298 p. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Wallenstein, Peter

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