Breaking the Silence: The Little Rock Women's Emergency Committee to Open Our Schools, 1958-1963

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University of Arkansas Press, 1997 - Education - 272 pages
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A group of respectable, middle-class white women, faced with the prospect of no schools as well as the further loss of their city's good name, turned militant. Led by Adolphine Fletcher Terry, a prominent, "old family" civic leader in her seventies, they quickly put together the Women's Emergency Committee to Open Our Schools (WEC), a highly effective organization that bombarded the city with ads, fliers, and statements challenging Faubus's action.
  

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Contents

Little Rock in the 1950s
27
Crisis at Central High
43
Call Out the Women
67
Breaking the Silence
91
Barefooted and Pregnant
115
A Question of Conscience
135
Stop This Outrageous Purge
157
9 A Community Divided
181
To the Ladies God Bless Em
205
They Would Bow Their Heads
223
Panel of American Women
237
Epilogue
255
Bibliography
287
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