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The Politics of School Integration

Comparative Case Studies, 1st Edition

By Robert Crain

Routledge

408 pages

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This book discusses desegregation as a community decision, focusing on case studies from the 1960s. Crain uses comparative techniques based on fifteen northern and southern cities. The author seeks a "total" explanation for the decision to desegregate by determining its proximate causes and locating the roots of the decision in the economic, social, and political structure of the community. This work represents the first attempt to conduct a genuinely scientific analysis of the political process by which school systems were desegregated in this period.

Robert L. Crain documents the way in which eight non-southern, big-city school systems met community demands to reduce segregation. Reactions varied from immediate compliance to months and years of stubborn resistance, some cities maintaining good relations with civil rights leaders and others becoming battlegrounds. Differences in these reactions are explained and focus is brought to desegregation in the South New Orleans in particular. The situation there is contrasted with six peacefully desegregated southern cities as well as the attitude of its powerful economic elite. The concluding part of the book is a general consideration of the civil rights movement in the cities studied, and the author considers the implications of his findings, both for the future of school desegregation and for studies of community politics.

Employing comparative techniques and concentrating upon the outputs of political systems, this is a highly innovative contribution to the study of community power structures and their relationship to educational systems. It remains an effective supplement to courses in sociology, political science, and education, as well as an important source of data for everyone concerned with the history of efforts for national integration.

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
List of Tables
List of Illustrations

Part I: Eight Northern Cities
Part II: An Analysis of School Policy-Making
Part III: Desegregation in New Orleans
Part IV: The Community and the Civil Rights Movement
Part V: Conclusion

Appendices
References
Index

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDU048000
EDUCATION / Inclusive Education