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Integration Now: Alexander v. Holmes and the End of Jim Crow Education

William P. Hustwit


Recovering the history of an often-ignored landmark Supreme Court case, William P. Hustwit assesses the significant role that Alexander v. Holmes (1969) played in integrating the South’s public schools. Although Brown v. Board of Education has rightly received the lion’s share of historical analysis, its ambiguous language for implementation led to more than a decade of delays and resistance by local and state governments. Alexander v. Holmes required “integration now,” and less than a year later, thousands of children were attending integrated schools.

Keywords: Civil Rights, Alexander v. Holmes, History, Mississippi, Law, Supreme Court, Desegregation, Education

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781469648552
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469648552.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William P. Hustwit, author
Birmingham-Southern College