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Is Separate Unequal?: Black Colleges and the Challenge to Desegregation (Hardback)
  • Is Separate Unequal?: Black Colleges and the Challenge to Desegregation (Hardback)

Is Separate Unequal?: Black Colleges and the Challenge to Desegregation (Hardback)

Hardback 240 Pages / Published: 28/02/2004
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When racial segregation was the rule in southern schools, all-black universities like Jackson State, Alcorn State, and Mississippi Valley State represented the only opportunities for African Americans to obtain a college education. For that reason, the move toward desegregation triggered by Brown v, Board of Education was a mixed blessing for those committed to preserving the traditions of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. As Albert Samuels observes, Brown's tenet that separate educational institutions are inherently unequal has for nearly half a century forced HBCUs to defend their very right to exist. In this book he reexamines the debate over desegregation and its impact on publicly funded HBCUs, exploring the contradictions and concerns that Brown created for African Americans over four decades and challenging the idea that separate is necessarily unequal. Because the Brown decision has come to embody the American Creed and is now a cultural icon, critical discussion of it can be difficult Samuels contends, however, that Brown was originally intended to address discrimination against blacks as individuals; when its focus shifted to entire educational systems.

Publisher: University Press of Kansas
ISBN: 9780700613014
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 503 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm

"Samuels questions the liberal orthodoxy that all homogeneity or 'segregation' is harmful."--American Historical Review

"A readable and compelling analysis of a vital topic. Samuels has provided great insights into the history and struggle of black public education and higher education."--Journal of Southern History

"A timely and provocative analysis of an under-theorized part of civil rights jurisprudence--the preference of some African Americans to learn with their own kind."--Washington Post Book World

"A clear, cogent, and long overdue investigation of the relationship of black colleges, collegiate desegregation, and the political ideal of democracy. Samuels carefully unravels complicated court cases, haughty political theories, and the complexities of American race relations in order to reveal the historic and continuing significance of black colleges."--M. Christopher Brown II, author of The Quest to Define Collegiate Desegregation

"A well written, informative, and compelling book that should deepen our understanding of the cultural and political significance of race in the United States."--Brian K. Landsberg, author of Enforcing Civil Rights: Race Discrimination and the Department of Justice

"An extremely interesting and fair-minded study."--Mark V. Tushnet, author of Brown v. Board of Education: The Battle for Integration

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