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Along Freedom Road: Hyde County, North Carolina, and the Fate of Black Schools in the South (Paperback)
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Along Freedom Road: Hyde County, North Carolina, and the Fate of Black Schools in the South (Paperback)

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Paperback 248 Pages / Published: 29/04/1994
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David Cecelski chronicles one of the most sustained and successful protests of the civil rights movement--the 1968-69 school boycott in Hyde County, North Carolina. For an entire year, the county's black citizens refused to send their children to school in protest of a desegregation plan that required closing two historically black schools in their remote coastal community. Parents and students held nonviolent protests daily for five months, marched twice on the state capitol in Raleigh, and drove the Ku Klux Klan out of the county in a massive gunfight. The threatened closing of Hyde County's black schools collided with a rich and vibrant educational heritage that had helped to sustain the black community since Reconstruction. As other southern school boards routinely closed black schools and displaced their educational leaders, Hyde County blacks began to fear that school desegregation was undermining--rather than enhancing--this legacy. This book, then, is the story of one county's extraordinary struggle for civil rights, but at the same time it explores the fight for civil rights in all of eastern North Carolina and the dismantling of black education throughout the South. |David Cecelski chronicles one of the most sustained and successful protests of the civil rights movement--the 1968-69 school boycott in Hyde County, North Carolina. For an entire year, the county's black citizens refused to send their children to school in protest of a desegregation plan that required closing two historically black schools in their remote coastal community. Hyde County blacks feared that school desegregation was undermining--rather than enhancing--the rich and vibrant educational heritage that had helped to sustain the black community since Reconstruction. This book is the story of one county's extraordinary struggle for civil rights, but at the same time it explores the fight for civil rights in all of eastern North Carolina and the dismantling of black education throughout the South.

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9780807844373
Number of pages: 248
Weight: 363 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 19 mm
Edition: New edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
Cecelski makes his case with clarity and fairness.

"Progressive"


Such original scholarship when 'school choice' is a current issue bears serious contemplation.

"Booklist"


A well-written analysis of a neglected feature of the civil rights movement in the South.

"North Carolina Historical Review"


""Along Freedom Road" is a book that should be read by anyone interested in civil rights, schooling, and southern history.

"History of Education Quarterly""


"""A superb piece of scholarship. . . . Must reading for any student wishing to fully understand the legacy of the "Brown" case.

"Journal of Southern History""


"Along Freedom Road" is a book that should be read by anyone interested in civil rights, schooling, and southern history.

"History of Education Quarterly"


"A superb piece of scholarship. . . . Must reading for any student wishing to fully understand the legacy of the "Brown" case.

"Journal of Southern History"

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