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Perhaps the most spectacular reaction to court-ordered busing in the 1970s occurred in Boston, where there was intense and protracted protest. Ron Formisano explores the sources of white opposition to school desegregation. Racism was a key factor, Formisano argues, but racial prejudice alone cannot explain the movement. Class resentment, ethnic rivalries, and the defense of neighborhood turf all played powerful roles in the protest.

In a new epilogue, Formisano brings the story up to the present day, describing the end of desegregation orders in Boston and other cities. He also examines the nationwide trend toward the resegregation of schools, which he explains is the result of Supreme Court decisions, attacks on affirmative action, white flight, and other factors. He closes with a brief look at the few school districts that have attempted to base school assignment policies on class or economic status. Formisano's analysis of race relations in Boston is extended into the present day in this revised edition.

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Ronald P. Formisano is William T. Bryan Chair of American History at the University of Kentucky and author of The Transformation of Political Culture: Massachusetts Parties, 1780s-1840s.

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ISBN:
9780807855263
Author:
Formisano, Ronald P.
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Race relations
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Civil Rights
Subject:
Educational Policy & Reform
Subject:
Civil Rights
Subject:
History/United States: General; African-American/African Studies
Subject:
History - United States/General
Subject:
African-American/African Studies
Subject:
Politics-United States Politics
Subject:
History -- United States.
Subject:
General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
February 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9 x 5.88 in

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