Along Freedom Road: Hyde County, North Carolina, and the Fate of Black Schools in the South

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David Cecelski chronicles one of the most sustained and successful protests of the civil rights movement--the 1968-69 school boycott in Hyde County, North Carolina. For an entire year, the county's black citizens refused to send their children to school in protest of a desegregation plan that required closing two historically black schools in their remote coastal community. Parents and students held nonviolent protests daily for five months, marched twice on the state capitol in Raleigh, and drive the Ku Klux ...
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David Cecelski chronicles one of the most sustained and successful protests of the civil rights movement--the 1968-69 school boycott in Hyde County, North Carolina. For an entire year, the county's black citizens refused to send their children to school in protest of a desegregation plan that required closing two historically black schools in their remote coastal community. Parents and students held nonviolent protests daily for five months, marched twice on the state capitol in Raleigh, and drive the Ku Klux Klan out of the county in a massive gunfight.
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Gilbert Taylor
The provocative story of the "Brown" decision's impact on one Tidewater county draws into question some of integration's cherished precepts. The Supreme Court's 1954 edict took 14 years to wind its way to Hyde County, when in 1968 the educrats at HEW brought pressure on local officials to integrate schools. As they had done elsewhere, powerful whites tried to accomplish the job and still maintain power: they proposed to close two black schools and to send the pupils to existing white ones. Both they and HEW made no provision for the constituency of fondness and pride the two schools had built up over generations, sentiments that rose into a grassroots boycott of the integration plan in 1968 and 1969. In his originally researched investigation, Cecelski soberly narrates the course of the protest's ultimate success in preserving the two black schools. But this paradoxical case of a civil rights protest to maintain a type of segregation was an exception, Cecelski says; in the rest of the South, integration eradicated black schools. Such original scholarship when "school choice" is a current issue bears serious contemplation.
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"A superb piece of scholarship. . . . Must reading for any student wishing to fully understand the legacy of the Brown case.

Journal of Southern History

Such original scholarship when 'school choice' is a current issue bears serious contemplation.

Booklist

Cecelski makes his case with clarity and fairness.

Progressive

A well-written analysis of a neglected feature of the civil rights movement in the South.

North Carolina Historical Review

Along Freedom Road is a book that should be read by anyone interested in civil rights, schooling, and southern history.

History of Education Quarterly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807821268
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1994
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Lexile: 1540L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

David S. Cecelski is the Lehman Brady Joint Chair Professor in Documentary and American Studies at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 7
Prologue, 1954-1964 17
Ch. 1 White Folks' Ways 31
Ch. 2 Tired of Having to Bear the Burdens 59
Ch. 3 Once in Our Lifetimes 83
Ch. 4 Another Birmingham? 105
Ch. 5 The Marches to Raleigh 127
Ch. 6 The Hour of Harvest 145
Epilogue 163
Notes 175
Bibliography 207
Index 225
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