Jill Titus situates the crisis in Prince Edward County within the seismic changes brought by Brown and Virginia's decision to resist desegregation. While school districts across the South temporarily closed a building here or there to block a specific desegregation order, only in Prince Edward did local authorities abandon public education entirely--and with every intention of permanence. When the public schools finally reopened after five years of struggle--under direct order of the Supreme Court--county authorities employed every weapon in their arsenal to ensure that the newly reopened system remained segregated, impoverished, and academically substandard. Intertwining educational and children's history with the history of the black freedom struggle, Titus draws on little-known archival sources and new interviews to reveal the ways that ordinary people, black and white, battled, and continue to battle, over the role of public education in the United States.
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An extraordinary accomplishment, this book is the definitive account of Prince Edward County's abandonment of public education and its consequences for the county's children.James R. Sweeney, Old Dominion University
Brown's Battleground should be required reading for all those professional educators, school board members, and politicians who believe that public schools have outlived their usefulness. Jill Ogline Titus's gripping, masterful account of Prince Edward County's closing its schools rather than integrating them is as timely as it is sobering. Quietly but eloquently, she makes the case that what went down in Virginia a half century ago speaks directly to our condition today.John Dittmer, author of Local People: The Struggle of Civil Rights in Mississippi