A Mission to a Mad County: Black Determination, White Resistance and Educational Crisis in Prince Edward County, Virginia

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ProQuest, 2007 - 652 pages
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This dissertation explores the high water mark of southern resistance to the U.S. Supreme Court's 1954 decision in Brown v. Board of Education: the five-year abolition of public education in Prince Edward County, Virginia. Through interrogating the "culture of civility" that guided this bureaucratic, legalistic strategy of defiance, it argues that both massive resistance and the unique trajectory of events in Prince Edward County are not the anomalies in Virginia history that state boosters suggest, but rather logically consistent outgrowths of a coherent political tradition known as "the Virginia Way." When blacks chose to step outside of the traditional channels of "managed race relations," white Virginians struck back in a manner consistent with their determination to maintain white supremacy without condoning a rise in vigilantism that might have threatened elites' control over the mechanisms of political power.
  

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Contents

MASSIVE RESISTANCE AS AN ORGANIC
34
THE PRINCE EDWARD SCHOOL FOUNDATION
88
THE OUTOFCOUNTY
177
AFSC STAFF MEMBERS AND THE WHITE
257
1963
321
196364
377
THE RESUMPTION OF PUBLIC EDUCATION
451
19662007
553
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