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Jim Crow Moves North: The Battle over Northern School Segregation, 1865-1954 (Cambridge Historical Studies in American Law and Society)

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"...This is a valuable contribution as a historical study, as a commentary on contemporary questions about the best means of providing quality education to all children, and as an addition to a growing literature that is reassessing the impact of desegregation for African American children."
-Choice

"Eminently readable and thoughtfully constructed, Jim Crow Moves North is a welcome addition to the literature."
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"Douglas has provided a solid summary of the fight for school integration in the North, and in doing so he has broadened our understanding of the struggle against racial segregation in America."
-Shawn Leigh Alexander, Yale University, Register of the Knetucky Historical Society

"Of the many strengths of thsi book, one taht stands out is Douglas's ability to make all these issues relevant, even essential, to his account. It is tightly written and never digressive, despite its wide-ranging subject matter."
-Christopher W. Schmidt, Dartmouth College, Michigan Historical Review

"Douglas provides a useful background to the continuing effort to bring African American children and youth into the mainstream of American education and thus of our society."
-Charles L. Glenn, Boston University, American Historical Review

"Douglas's book...offers a significan contribution for scholars and readers interested in not only the association between the campaign to end segregated schools in the North and the US's racist society, but also the value of exploring African American's complex opinions on integration and black self-determination in general." -John Daves, African American Review

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Most observers have assumed that school segregation in the United States was exclusively a southern phenomenon. In fact, many northern communities, until the middle of the twentieth century, engaged in explicit "southern style" school segregation whereby black children were assigned to "colored" schools and white children to white schools. This book examines why so many northern communities did engage in school segregation (in violation of state laws that prohibited such segregation) and how northern blacks challenged this illegal activity.
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Product Details

  • Series: Cambridge Historical Studies in American Law and Society
  • Hardcover: 346 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (October 24, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521845645
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521845649
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,535,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rarely do I come across an author who can so unpretentiously weave primary and secondary sources into such an intriguingly learned and relevant social narrative.

Even in the enlightened antebellum North prejudice ignited the passions of Connecticut's tee totaling society in the form of Yale instructors and students railing against private colleges for blacks in their midst.

A must read for educators, historians, and caring people in general!
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Anyone who thinks that the South was the only place Jim Crow segregation was practiced should take a look at this book to discover that in places from Indiana to New Jersey there were in fact separate schools for whites and blacks well into the 20th century -- not legally mandated, but not legally prohibited by the states either. This book is clearly written and fascinating.
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Well-researched non-fiction book about the public education system during the segregation era. Covering the period from the Supreme Court decisions in Plessey v. Ferguson through Brown v. Board of Education, Davison Douglas paints a picture of the enormous inequity between African American and White schools, not just in the South, but in the North as well. For anyone who wants to understand more about race relations during the segregation era, particularly in light of the public schools, this book is a must-read.
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