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Boston Against BusingRace, Class, and Ethnicity in the 1960s and 1970s$
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Ronald P. Formisano

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780807855263

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807869703_formisano

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“A Harvard Plan for the Working Class Man”

“A Harvard Plan for the Working Class Man”

Reactions to the Garrity Decision and Desegregation

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Boston Against Busing

Ronald P. Formisano

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on Wendell Arthur Garrity, Jr., the federal district court judge who decided the Boston case and who had been assigned it from among a number of judges by a process of random selection. It is doubtful, however, that the luck of the draw would have made the basic finding any different. Any other judge, given the twenty-year history of Supreme and lower-court decisions preceding Morgan v. Hennigan, also would probably have found the Boston School Committee guilty of maintaining a dual, segregated school system. However, the distinct personality of Garrity had much to do with the timing of the decision and with the remedies applied. That Garrity's father had been named by his grandmother after the well-known nineteenth-century Boston Brahmin abolitionist and reformer, Wendell Philips, signified much.

Keywords:   Wendell Arthur Garrity, federal district, court judge, Boston case, random selection, Morgan v. Hennigan, Boston School Committee

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