Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County

Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County

A Family, A Virginia Town, A Civil Rights Battle

eBook - 2015
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Combining hard-hitting investigative journalism and a sweeping family narrative, this provocative true story reveals a little-known chapter of American history: the period after the Brown v. Board of Education decision when one Virginia school system refused to integrate. In the wake of the Supreme Court's unanimous decision in the case of Brown v. Board of Education, Virginia's Prince Edward County refused to obey the law. Rather than desegregate, the county closed its public schools, locking and chaining the doors. The community's white leaders quickly established a private academy, commandeering supplies from the shuttered public schools to use for their all-white classrooms, while black parents scrambled to find alternative education for their children. For five years, the schools remained closed in Prince Edward County. Kristen Green grew up in Farmville and attended Prince Edward Academy, which didn't open its doors to black students until 1986. Thirty four...
Publisher: 2015
ISBN: 9780062268693
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Sep 23, 2015

An eye-opening look into a little-known chapter of civil rights history. I especially like the personal connection the author brought to events, which made the work really come alive.

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