Boston Against Busing: Race, Class, and Ethnicity in the 1960s and 1970s (Google eBook)

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Univ of North Carolina Press, Jan 1, 2012 - Political Science - 376 pages
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Perhaps the most spectacular reaction to court-ordered busing in the 1970s occurred in Boston, where there was intense and protracted protest. Ron Formisano explores the sources of white opposition to school desegregation. Racism was a key factor, Formisano argues, but racial prejudice alone cannot explain the movement. Class resentment, ethnic rivalries, and the defense of neighborhood turf all played powerful roles in the protest.

In a new epilogue, Formisano brings the story up to the present day, describing the end of desegregation orders in Boston and other cities. He also examines the nationwide trend toward the resegregation of schools, which he explains is the result of Supreme Court decisions, attacks on affirmative action, white flight, and other factors. He closes with a brief look at the few school districts that have attempted to base school assignment policies on class or economic status.
  

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Sailing in the wake of Common Ground , J. Anthony Lukas's prize-winning study of Boston's busing crisis ( LJ 8/85), Formisano focuses upon the white antibusers who, he believes, were more diverse in ... Read full review

Contents

Democracy and Segregation 19611965
22
Part Two The School
44
Reactions
66
Moderation and Compliance
88
Defended and Other Neighborhoods
108
Children of the 1960s
138
Illustrations
144
Antibusing demonstrators outside Charlestown High School
159
Reactionary Populism
172
Tables
197
Battlegrounds
203
Race Class and Justice
222
Through the 1990s
240
Appendix
263
Index
343
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About the author (2012)

Ronald P. Formisano is William T. Bryan Chair of American History at the University of Kentucky and author of The Transformation of Political Culture: Massachusetts Parties, 1780s-1840s

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