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Charleston In Black and WhiteRace and Power in the South after the Civil Rights Movement$
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Steve Estes

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469622323

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469622323.001.0001

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Charleston In Black and White

Steve Estes

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter looks to both the courtroom and the schoolroom to determine why segregation still existed in some American schools half a century after the watershed Brown v. Board of Education decision and, more important, what segregation had come to mean. The definition of segregation has changed over time not just for the courts, but for students, teachers, parents, and administrators. Education reform in the wake of Brown resulted in a desegregation paradox, opening up new opportunities for some black students, while limiting academic support for many others. By examining a desegregation case in a small southern city, the chapter reveals that in the decades after Brown, school segregation became only partly about race. It was actually as much, or more, about class.

Keywords:   school segregation, school desegregation, Brown v. Board of Education, education reform, race, class

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