With All Deliberate Speed: Implementing Brown V. Board of Education

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Brian J. Daugherity, Charles C. Bolton
University of Arkansas Press, May 1, 2011 - Education - 339 pages
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This is the first effort to provide a broad assessment of how well the Brown v. Board of Education decision that declared an end to segregated schools in the United States was implemented. Written by a distinguished group of historians, the twelve essays in this collection examine how African Americans and their supporters in twelve states—Arkansas, North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, Florida, Delaware, Missouri, Indiana, Nevada, and Wisconsin—dealt with the Court’s mandate to desegregate “with all deliberate speed.” The process followed many diverse paths. Some of the common themes in these efforts were the importance of black activism, especially the crucial role played by the NAACP; entrenched white opposition to school integration, which wasn’t just a southern state issue, as is shown in Delaware, Wisconsin, and Indiana; and the role of the federal government, a sometimes inconstant and sometimes reluctant source of support for implementing Brown.
 

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Contents

Implementing Brown in Arkansas
1
The Cost of Opportunity
21
Keep on Keeping On
41
The Palmetto Revolution
59
Defiance Protest and Compromise
93
The Last Holdout
123
A State Divided
139
Promises of Brown
155
Border State Ebb and Flow
175
The Complexity of School Desegregation in the Borderland
199
Northern Desegregation and the Racial Politics of Magnet Schools in Milwaukee Wisconsin
217
Brown Integration and Nevada
231
Notes
249
Contributors
329
Index
333
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Brian J. Daugherity is an instructor and assistant to the chair in the Department of History at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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