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Desegregating America's Schools

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Education in the United States has not always been free and available to all. Even after the Fourteenth Amendment was passed, which guaranteed citizenship rights to all regardless of race, blacks and whites had separate schools and other public facilities.

Though the schools were supposed to be equal, they were not. Black schools were old, overcrowded, and ill-equipped. Many people believed segregated schools were unfair, so they turned to the courts for help. A large battle was...

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Overview

Education in the United States has not always been free and available to all. Even after the Fourteenth Amendment was passed, which guaranteed citizenship rights to all regardless of race, blacks and whites had separate schools and other public facilities.

Though the schools were supposed to be equal, they were not. Black schools were old, overcrowded, and ill-equipped. Many people believed segregated schools were unfair, so they turned to the courts for help. A large battle was won with Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, in 1954, but the struggle continued. As schools were mandated to integrate, students faced rioting. In some areas, they had to be escorted by armed guards. In cities that faced residential segregation, busing was required-but that solution also had its downside. This book tells the important story about the struggle for school desegregation and the courageous people who made it possible.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584157373
  • Publisher: Mitchell Lane Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/30/2009
  • Series: Monumental Milestones Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 11 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Separate and Unequal 7

FYInfo*: Roberts v. The City of Boston 11

Chapter 2 Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas 13

FYInfo: The Fourteenth Amendment 17

Chapter 3 Ending Segregation 19

FYInfo: Autherine Juanita Lucy 27

Chapter 4 Desegregation Continues 29

FYInfo: Affirmative Action 35

Chapter 5 Desegregation Now 37

FYInfo: Norfolk 17 41

Chronology 42

Timeline in History 44

Chapter Notes 45

Further Reading 46

For Young Adults 46

Works Consulted 46

On the Internet 46

Glossary 47

Index 48

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