Desegregating Private Higher Education in the South: Duke, Emory, Rice, Tulane, and Vanderbilt

Overview

After World War II, elite private universities in the South faced growing calls for desegregation. Though, unlike their peer public institutions, no federal court ordered these schools to admit black students and no troops arrived to protect access to the schools, to suggest that desegregation at these universities took place voluntarily would be misleading. In Desegregating Private Higher Education in the South, Melissa Kean explores how leaders at five of the region's most prestigious private universities - ...
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Overview

After World War II, elite private universities in the South faced growing calls for desegregation. Though, unlike their peer public institutions, no federal court ordered these schools to admit black students and no troops arrived to protect access to the schools, to suggest that desegregation at these universities took place voluntarily would be misleading. In Desegregating Private Higher Education in the South, Melissa Kean explores how leaders at five of the region's most prestigious private universities - Duke, Emory, Rice, Tulane, and Vanderbilt - sought to strengthen their national position and reputation while simultaneously answering the increasing pressure to end segregation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807154472
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
  • Publication date: 8/26/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,391,618
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Melissa Kean is Centennial Historian at Rice University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Intelligent White Men of the South: The Late 1940s 8

2 "The Sense of Security No Longer Exists": The Early 1950s 57

3 The Backlash against Brown: 1954 94

4 Unable to Lead: The Late 1950s 127

5 Push Comes to Shove: The Early 1960s 176

Conclusion 234

Notes 241

Selected Bibliography 307

Index 323

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