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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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Defended (and Other) Neighborhoods

Defended (and Other) Neighborhoods

(p.108) 6 Defended (and Other) Neighborhoods
Boston Against Busing

Ronald P. Formisano

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter shows how the name of South Boston became synonymous with resistance to school desegregation. Not only did Southie militants make the drab, old high school on Dorchester Heights a symbol of racial strife, but Southie activists carried the war to other neighborhoods, to hated enemy territory in the suburbs, to corridors of power in the state legislature and city hall, and beyond, more persistently and passionately than any other group. To this day, the South Boston Information Center continues the crusade against “forced busing” and for “neighborhood schools.” In his Pulitzer-prizewinning book Common Ground, J. Anthony Lukas shifted the spotlight to Charlestown, another tough, working-class, mostly Irish white citadel, to illustrate the social dynamics at work in a fiercely antibusing neighborhood.

Keywords:   antibusing neighborhood, South Boston, school desegregation, Southie militants, racial strife, forced busing, neighborhood schools

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