During the half century preceding widespread school integration, black North Carolinians engaged in a dramatic struggle for equal educational opportunity as segregated schooling flourished. Drawing on archival records and oral histories, Sarah Thuesen gives voice to students, parents, teachers, school officials, and civic leaders to reconstruct this high-stakes drama. She explores how African Americans pressed for equality in curricula, higher education, teacher salaries, and school facilities; how white officials co-opted equalization as a means of forestalling integration; and, finally, how black activism for equality evolved into a fight for something "greater than equalintegrated schools that served as models of civic inclusion. These battles persisted into the Brown era, mobilized black communities, narrowed material disparities, fostered black school pride, and profoundly shaped the eventual movement for desegregation. Thuesen emphasizes that the remarkable achievements of this activism should not obscure the inherent limitations of a fight for equality in a segregated society. In fact, these unresolved struggles are emblematic of fault lines that developed across the South, and serve as an urgent reminder of the inextricable connections between educational equality, racial diversity, and the achievement of first-class citizenship.
|Publisher:||The University of North Carolina Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.30(d)|
About the Author
Sarah Thuesen teaches history at Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C.
Table of Contents
1 The Price of Equality 13
Black Loyalty, Self-Help, and the "Right Kind of Citizenship"
2 Lessons in Citizenship 49
Confronting the Limits of Curricular Equalization in the Jim Crow South
3 The High Cost of It All 89
James E. Shepard and Higher Education Equalization
4 A "Most Spectacular" Victory? 129
Teacher Salary Equalization and the Dilemma of Local Leadership
5 How Can I Learn When I'm Cold? 159
A New Generation's Fight for School Facilities Equalization
6 From Equalization to Integration 201
Struggles for Schools and Citizenship in the Age of Brown
What People are Saying About This
An impressive book full of fascinating stories. Thuesen's style is clear and easy to follow, her research is excellent, and her exploration of black education in North Carolina is thorough.Adam Fairclough, Leiden University