Reading, Writing & Race: The Desegregation Of The Charlotte Schools Davison M. Douglas

ISBN: 9780807822166

Published: August 28th 1995

Hardcover

374 pages


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Reading, Writing & Race: The Desegregation Of The Charlotte Schools  by  Davison M. Douglas

Reading, Writing & Race: The Desegregation Of The Charlotte Schools by Davison M. Douglas
August 28th 1995 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 374 pages | ISBN: 9780807822166 | 3.14 Mb

Using Charlotte, North Carolina, as a case study of the dynamics of racial change in the moderate South, Davison Douglas analyzes the desegregation of the citys public schools from the Supreme Courts 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decisionMoreUsing Charlotte, North Carolina, as a case study of the dynamics of racial change in the moderate South, Davison Douglas analyzes the desegregation of the citys public schools from the Supreme Courts 1954 Brown v.

Board of Education decision through the early 1970s, when the city embarked upon the most ambitious school busing plan in the nation. In charting the path of racial change, Douglas considers the relative efficacy of the black communitys use of public demonstrations and litigation to force desegregation. He also evaluates the role of the citys white business community, which was concerned with preserving Charlottes image as a racially moderate city, in facilitating racial gains.Charlottes white leadership, anxious to avoid economically damaging racial conflict, engaged in early but decidedly token integration in the late 1950s and early 1960s in response to the black communitys public protest and litigation efforts.

The insistence in the late 1960s on widespread busing, however, posed integration demands of an entirely different magnitude. As Douglas shows, the citys white leaders initially resisted the call for busing but eventually relented because they recognized the importance of a stable school system to the citys continued prosperity.



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