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Boston Against Busing: Race, Class, and Ethnicity in the 1960s and 1970s

Ronald P. Formisano

Abstract

Perhaps the most spectacular reaction to court-ordered busing in the 1970s occurred in Boston, where there was intense and protracted protest. This book explores the sources of white opposition to school desegregation. Racism was a key factor, it 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, the author brings the story up to the present day, describing the end of desegregation orders in Boston and other cities. He also examines the nationwide t ... More

Keywords: court-ordered busing, Boston, desegregation, racism, racial prejudice, class resentment, ethnic rivalries, protest, resegregation of schools, Supreme Court decisions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780807855263
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807869703_formisano

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ronald P. Formisano, author