Little Rock: Race and Resistance at Central High School

Little Rock: Race and Resistance at Central High School

by Karen Anderson
     
 

"Telling the fascinating story of the Little Rock crisis in wonderful detail, this book mines newspapers, personal papers, memoirs, interviews, and more, for the background behind the headlines. The interweaving of many perspectives allows readers to see this story as fluid rather than static: Anderson tracks the progress and backtracking, the ambivalence of

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"Telling the fascinating story of the Little Rock crisis in wonderful detail, this book mines newspapers, personal papers, memoirs, interviews, and more, for the background behind the headlines. The interweaving of many perspectives allows readers to see this story as fluid rather than static: Anderson tracks the progress and backtracking, the ambivalence of southern moderates, the development of political networks, as well as the gains and losses. This is an important story."—Cheryl Greenberg, Trinity College

"This book takes as its subject one of the seminal chapters in the history of the modern civil rights movement, the struggle to integrate the public schools of Little Rock, Arkansas. Filled with fascinating characters, it is a story replete with drama and quiet triumph."—Jerald E. Podair, Lawrence University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691092935
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
12/21/2009
Series:
Politics and Society in Twentieth-Century America Series
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: Not Here, Not Now, Not Us 1

Chapter 1: Mapping Change: Little Rock Forges a Desegregation Plan 19

Chapter 2: "Occupied Arkansas": Class, Gender, and the Politics

of Resistance 55

Chapter 3: Uncivil Disobedience: Th e Politics of Race and Resistance

at Central High School, 1957-1958 94

Chapter 4: Th e Politics of School Closure: Massive Resistance Put

to the Test, 1958-1959 137

Chapter 5: Th e Politics of Fear and Gridlock 166

Chapter 6: Politics as Usual: Reviving the Politics of Tokenism 190

Conclusions: Little Rock and the Legacies of Brown v. Board of Education 228

Abbreviations 245

Notes 247

Index 315

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