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ERIC Number: ED505043
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 55
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 56
ISSN: ISSN-1936-9379
From "Brown" to Busing. Discussion Paper Series DP 2007-05
Cascio, Elizabeth; Gordon, Nora; Lewis, Ethan; Reber, Sarah
University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research
An extensive literature debates the causes and consequences of the desegregation of American schools in the twentieth century. Despite the social importance of desegregation and the magnitude of the literature, we have lacked a comprehensive accounting of the basic facts of school desegregation. This paper uses newly assembled data to document when and how Southern school districts desegregated, as well as the extent of court involvement in the desegregation process over the two full decades after "Brown." We also examine heterogeneity in the path to desegregation by district characteristics. The results suggest that the existing quantitative literature, which generally either begins in 1968 and focuses on the role of federal courts in larger urban districts or relies on highly aggregated data, often tells an incomplete story of desegregation. (Contains 12 tables, 4 figures, 1 appendix and 62 footnotes.)
University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research. 302D Mathews Building, Lexington, KY 40506. Tel: 859-257-7641; Fax: 859-257-6959; e-mail:, Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (DHHS); National Science Foundation; Spencer Foundation
Authoring Institution: University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Brown v Board of Education; Civil Rights Act 1964