ERIC Number: EJ1102655
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Aug
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Segregation as Splitting, Segregation as Joining: Schools, Housing, and the Many Modes of Jim Crow
Highsmith, Andrew R.; Erickson, Ansley T.
American Journal of Education, v121 n4 p563-595 Aug 2015
Popular understandings of segregation often emphasize the Jim Crow South before the 1954 "Brown" decision and, in many instances, explain continued segregation in schooling as the result of segregated housing patterns. The case of Flint, Michigan, complicates these views, at once illustrating the depth of governmental commitment to segregation in a northern community and showing how segregated schools and neighborhoods helped construct one another. The Flint case also reveals new modes of segregationist thought. Throughout much of the twentieth century, Flint's city leaders thought of segregation as splitting, and they sought to divide their city along racial lines. But they thought of segregation as joining as well. Drawing on various strands of progressive reform and educational thought, Flint's educational, business, and philanthropic leaders believed community bonds would be stronger in segregated neighborhoods anchored by their schools. Flint's "community schools" program worked toward this end, exemplifying the paired embrace of segregation as joining and splitting, and becoming a model for educators in hundreds of cities nationwide.
Descriptors: Desegregation Litigation, School Desegregation, School Segregation, Housing, Educational Change, Community Schools, Group Unity
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Brown v Board of Education