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ERIC Number: EJ961994
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7724
Norman Rockwell's "The Problem We All Live With:" Teaching "Bush v. Orleans Parish School Board"
Middleton, Tiffany
Social Education, v75 n6 p329-333 Nov-Dec 2011
"The Problem We All Live With" is one of Norman Rockwell's most famous, and provocative, images. First printed in the January 14, 1964, issue of "Look" magazine, the image features an approximately six-year-old African American girl walking. She is wearing a white dress, white socks and white shoes. Her hair is parted in neat braids and she is carrying a book and a ruler. The girl appears confident and proud, even as she is overshadowed by U.S. marshals in muted gray suits. She does not seem to notice the tomato splashed on the painted wall behind her or the racial epithet scrawled above her. And viewers are left to determine just what the "problem" is that "we all live with." The story of "Bush v. Orleans Parish School Board" is a story with many important actors. It is the story of Ruby Bridges, who has become a national icon in the struggle for racial equality. It is also the story of a determined group of African American parents in New Orleans who sought to have their children admitted to quality public schools. It is also the story of J. Skelly Wright, a tenacious federal judge, who insisted that Louisiana's political leadership comply with the requirements of the U.S. Constitution. It is the real story behind Norman Rockwell's "The Problem We All Live With." The story of Ruby Bridges and "Bush v. Orleans Parish School Board" makes a great lesson in law and history for students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Louisiana