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Brown's Battleground: Students, Segregationists, and the Struggle for Justice in Prince Edward County, Virginia Hardcover – December 5, 2011

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A vivid, provocative, and well-written book that makes a significant contribution to the literature in African-American civil rights and educational history. . . . A must read for students of civil rights and education history.--Journal of the North Carolina Association of Historians

A wonderful addition to the civil rights historiography as well as the study of educational policy." --The Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth

A must-read for historians and for all educators wishing to engage contextually based historical studies rigorously. It is an excellent text for undergraduate and graduate seminars on race and education in the United States.--Oral History 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

Brown's Battleground examines the victors and the victims and describes the power of black high school students' activism in confronting injustices in a so-called democratic society. It makes an invaluable contribution to scholarship on U.S. legal, educational, and African American history.--Journal of African American History

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

Has provided the definitive account of the Prince Edward story as well as a startling reminder that private schools and tuition grants can never perform the vital job that our nation's public schools provide. In doing so she has allowed the Prince Edward story to speak again.--Louisiana History


Brown's Battleground should be required reading for all those professional educators, school board members, and politicians who believe that public schools have outlived their usefulness. Jill Ogline Titus's gripping, masterful account of Prince Edward County's closing its schools rather than integrating them is as timely as it is sobering. Quietly but eloquently, she makes the case that what went down in Virginia a half century ago speaks directly to our condition today.--John Dittmer, author of Local People: The Struggle of Civil Rights in Mississippi

An extraordinary accomplishment, this book is the definitive account of Prince Edward County's abandonment of public education and its consequences for the county's children.--James R. Sweeney, Old Dominion University


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; 1 edition (December 5, 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
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,969,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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