School Desegregation

Oral Histories toward Understanding the Effects of White Domination

  • George W. Noblit

Part of the Breakthroughs in the Sociology of Education book series (FAAI)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
    1. George W. Noblit
      Pages 1-18
  2. The Shift to Desegregated Schools

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Ashley P. Murray, Delores D. Liston
      Pages 37-49
    3. Gerrelyn Patterson
      Pages 63-76
  3. Student Experiences

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-77
    2. Jean Patterson
      Pages 79-88
    3. Barbara J. Shircliffe
      Pages 89-102
    4. Ashley P. Murray, Delores D. Liston
      Pages 103-115
    5. Barbara J. Shircliffe
      Pages 117-127
    6. Gerrelyn Patterson
      Pages 129-142
  4. Implementation and Administration of Desegregated Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 143-143
    2. Natalie Adams, James H. Adams
      Pages 145-157
    3. Kate Willink
      Pages 159-177
    4. James H. Adams, Natalie Adams
      Pages 179-193
    5. George W. Noblit, Matthew Green
      Pages 195-221
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 223-225

About this book


This book is written for the Millennial Generation to educate them about what school desegregation was actually about—the struggle over white domination in the United States. The textbooks they read as high school students describe the heroic efforts of African Americans to achieve civil rights but do not describe who was denying them these rights—white Americans. The oral histories in this book reveal how individuals navigated efforts to achieve educational equity amidst efforts to reassert white domination. These accounts counter the textbook history the Millennial Generation read which omits the massive white resistance to school desegregation, the various ways whites used subterfuge to slow down and redirect school desegregation in what would more benefit whites, and the concerted white political backlash that has been ensconced in educational policy and reform beginning with A Nation at Risk and continuing in No Child Left Behind. That is, educational policy as we know it is all about asserting white domination and not about educating children, and thus the Millennial Generation is faced with undoing what their parents and grandparents have done.


educational policy history of education politics of education race school desegregation

Editors and affiliations

  • George W. Noblit
    • 1
  1. 1.University of North Carolina at Chapel HillUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information SensePublishers-Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2015
  • Publisher Name SensePublishers, Rotterdam
  • eBook Packages Computer Science
  • Online ISBN 978-94-6209-965-4
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