Integration Now: Alexander v. Holmes and the End of Jim Crow Education

Integration Now: Alexander v. Holmes and the End of Jim Crow Education

by William P. Hustwit

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Recovering the history of an often-ignored landmark Supreme Court case, William P. Hustwit assesses the significant role that Alexander v. Holmes (1969) played in integrating the South's public schools. Although Brown v. Board of Education has rightly received the lion's share of historical analysis, its ambiguous language for implementation led to more than a decade of delays and resistance by local and state governments. Alexander v. Holmes required "integration now," and less than a year later, thousands of children were attending integrated schools.

Hustwit traces the progression of the Alexander case to show how grassroots activists in Mississippi operated hand in glove with lawyers and judges involved in the litigation. By combining a narrative of the larger legal battle surrounding the case and the story of the local activists who pressed for change, Hustwit offers an innovative, well-researched account of a definitive legal decision that reaches from the cotton fields of Holmes County to the chambers of the Supreme Court in Washington.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781469648569
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

William P. Hustwit is associate professor of history at Birmingham-Southern College and the author of James J. Kilpatrick: Salesman for Segregation.

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Engagingly written and forcefully argued, this is a major contribution to the history of the black freedom movement.—Charles C. Bolton, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Hustwit's account is deeply researched and very moving, providing a nuanced look at how and why different black communities in Mississippi either did—or did not—find the resources to resist Jim Crow segregation.—John Charles Boger, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Analytically refreshing and richly sourced, Integration Now offers a thorough history of the struggle for equal rights in Holmes County—the site of the most successful movement for civil rights in all of Mississippi. A first-rate piece of work and hard to put down.—Alan Draper, St. Lawrence University

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