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Brown's Battleground: Students, Segregationists, and the Struggle for Justice in Prince Edward County, Virginia Hardcover

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press (October 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807835072
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807835074
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,370,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"With vivid portraits of strong-willed characters, Titus describes the roots of the Prince Edward County struggle in a student-led strike in 1951. . . . [Her] narrative stresses not only the profound social segregation of Prince Edward County but also the human cost of its prolonged struggle. Rich descriptions of church-hall gatherings, door-to-door canvassing, and individual student experiences bring her story to life."
-American Historical Review

"Titus effectively provides a comprehensive history of the darkest hour of massive resistance in the wake of the Brown v. Board of Education decision."
-Journal of Southern History

"A welcome addition to the growing body of scholarship on school desegregation and the civil rights era in Virginia."--
-Virginia Magazine

"Excellent. . . . Looks beyond the contours of the familiar legal and political narrative to focus instead on the determined yet often futile and heartbreaking efforts of black parents and a handful of white supporters to overcome fierce resistance from white segregationists and ensure a modicum of justice for their children."
-Journal of American History

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When the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in Brown v. Board of Education in 1954, Prince Edward County, Virginia, abolished its public school system rather than integrate. Titus situates the crisis in Prince Edward County within the seismic changes brought by Brown and Virginia's decision to resist desegregation and reveals the ways that ordinary people, black and white, battled, and continue to battle, over the role of public education in the United States.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John Festa on October 30, 2011
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Thoroughly researched book. Adds in depth details about the struggle to bring quality education to Prince Edward County after the Brown decision. Especially good at filing in the details behind the events during the 1970s to 1990s. The book is well written and moves along. A must read for any student of integration.
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