Finding the Lost Year: What Happened When Little Rock Closed Its Public Schools

Finding the Lost Year: What Happened When Little Rock Closed Its Public Schools

by Sondra Gordy
     
 

Much has been written about the Little Rock School Crisis of 1957, but very little has been devoted to the following year—the Lost Year, 1958–59—when Little Rock schools were closed to all students, both black and white. Finding the Lost Year is the first book to look at the unresolved elements of the school desegregation crisis and how it turned

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Much has been written about the Little Rock School Crisis of 1957, but very little has been devoted to the following year—the Lost Year, 1958–59—when Little Rock schools were closed to all students, both black and white. Finding the Lost Year is the first book to look at the unresolved elements of the school desegregation crisis and how it turned into a community crisis, when policymakers thwarted desegregation and challenged the creation of a racially integrated community and when competing groups staked out agendas that set Arkansas’s capital on a path that has played out for the past fifty years. In Little Rock in 1958, 3,665 students were locked out of a free public education. Teachers’ lives were disrupted, but students’ lives were even more confused. Some were able to attend schools outside the city, some left the state, some joined the military, some took correspondence courses, but fully 50 percent of the black students went without any schooling. Drawing on personal interviews with over sixty former teachers and students, black and white, Gordy details the long-term consequences for students affected by events and circumstances over which they had little control.

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“Gordy’s razor-sharp analysis of Little Rock’s ‘Lost Year’ is wonderfully balanced by first-hand accounts of the often devastating effects on those students who could least afford to lose a year of their lives.” —Grif Stockley, author of Ruled by Race and Blood in Their Eyes

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557289001
Publisher:
University of Arkansas Press
Publication date:
04/15/2009
Edition description:
New
Pages:
248
Sales rank:
1,437,192
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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