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Stepping over the Color Line: African-American Students in White Suburban Schools / Edition 1
     

Stepping over the Color Line: African-American Students in White Suburban Schools / Edition 1

by Amy Stuart Wells, Robert L. Crain, Robert Crain
 

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ISBN-10: 0300081332

ISBN-13: 9780300081336

Pub. Date: 10/28/1999

Publisher: Yale University Press

This important book takes the discussion of racial inequality in America beyond simplistic arguments of white racism and black victimization to a more complex conversation about the separate but unequal situation in many schools today. Amy Stuart Wells and Robert Crain investigate the St. Louis, Missouri, school desegregation plan, a unique agreement that since

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This important book takes the discussion of racial inequality in America beyond simplistic arguments of white racism and black victimization to a more complex conversation about the separate but unequal situation in many schools today. Amy Stuart Wells and Robert Crain investigate the St. Louis, Missouri, school desegregation plan, a unique agreement that since 1983 has given black inner-city students the right to choose to attend predominantly white suburban schools. After five years of research and hundreds of interviews with policymakers, administrators, teachers, students, and parents, Wells and Crain conclude that when school desegregation is examined from these many perspectives, more strengths than weaknesses emerge. They call for a reexamination of now-popular school choice policies across the country so that these policies may help to bring about more racial and social-class integration.

Stepping over the Color Line intertwines data on student achievement and racial isolation with stories of the people who participated in the St. Louis program. The authors set these individuals within a broad historical and social context and demonstrate how important linkages between the past and present help explain why efforts to overcome racial inequality—in St. Louis and in the larger society—are so difficult.

"The authors do a superb job of explaining how this innovative program came about, placing it in a broad context that takes it beyond its immediate and local implications. The book is at times heartbreaking and at times uplifting."—Richard Zweigenhaft, co-author of Blacks in the White Establishment? A Study of Race and Class in America

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300081336
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
10/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1(22)
Part I: The Politics of Race 23(86)
1 Creating the Color Line: White Flight and Urban Ghettos
23(47)
2 The Color Line and the Court Order
70(39)
Part II: The City 109(142)
3 Urban Education: The Decline of the St. Louis Public Schools
109(42)
4 Consumers of Urban Education
151(29)
5 The Upwardly Mobile: Black Students Who Succeed in the Suburban Schools
180(39)
6 Suburban Refugees
219(32)
Part III: The Suburbs 251(84)
7 Saving Face in the Suburbs: Local Control and Status Quo
251(36)
8 Visionary Educators and Their Reforms
287(22)
9 White Families in Flux: Intergenerational Lessons on School Desegregation
309(26)
Concluding Remarks 335(12)
Appendix 347(10)
References 357(16)
Index 373

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