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ERIC Number: ED080633
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Jan-9
Pages: 279
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Political Strategies in Northern School Desegregation.
Kirby, David J.; And Others
This is a study of school desegregation as it was fought in 91 Northern and Western Cities between 1963 and 1969. In the summer of 1963, the de facto school segregation issue exploded in dozens of Northern cities; in the next 6 years school integration was front page news in most cities. What this book attempts to do in effect is to record a statistical social history of those six years. The authors hope that their analysis will provide more complete and accurate answers to replace the overly simple explanations of the birth and death of the desegregation issue. An analysis of the relative influence of the different actors in the controversy does give, it is held, a partial answer to why the issue died out when it did. One reason is that there is very little evidence here to suggest that civil rights activity had any impact on the decision the school system made; school systems which were the target of many demonstrations were not more likely to desegregate than those that never saw a picket sign. One of the clearest findings of this study is that white citizen groups opposed to desegregation were quite ineffective; white pro-integration groups were similarly ineffective. The authors' analysis makes school desegregation look like most community issues; decisions are made only when a great deal of pressure is brought to bear, and this did not happen very often. (Author/RJ)
D.C. Heath & Co., 285 Columbus Ave., Boston, Mass. 02116 ($13.50)
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