Brown’s Battleground: Students, Segregationists, and the Struggle for Justice in Prince Edward County, Virginia

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Brown’s Battleground: Students, Segregationists, and the Struggle for Justice in Prince Edward County, Virginia

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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. [From the publisher]

ISBN

978-0807835074

Publication Date

10-2011

Publisher

The University of North Carolina Press

City

Chapel Hill, NC

Keywords

segregation, Prince Edward County, Virginia, Civil Rights Movement, Farmville, Moton High School

Disciplines

African American Studies | Cultural History | Education | History | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies | Social History | United States History

Department

Civil War Institute

Comments

This is the introduction to Dr. Jill Titus' book.

Finalist, 2012 Library of Virginia Literary Award in Nonfiction

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Original version is available from the publisher at: http://www.uncpress.unc.edu/browse/book_detail?title_id=2588

Brown’s Battleground: Students, Segregationists, and the Struggle for Justice in Prince Edward County, Virginia

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