Dismantling Desegregation: The Quiet Reversal of Brown V. Board of Education
Dismantling Desegregation explains the consequences of resegregation and offers direction for a more constructive route toward an equitable future. By citing case studies of ten school districts across the country, Orfield and Eaton uncover the demise of what many feel have been the only legally enforceable routes of access and opportunity for millions of school children in America.
a not so wonky explanation of important subject
By Colin Patts - June 9, 2003
finally, here is a book that shows with real people and real places the effects of the us of a's (the land of equality?? not) throwing out of the desegregation ideal. i happened to grow up in two places, Montgomery County Maryland (the chapter on this is right on) and also, a suburb right outside of Detroit, Michigan (the chapter on this is right on, too) and it's true that Montgomery County was this place that was pretty integrated but forgot about the importance of that when achievement became the big issue. the only problem with this book was the last chapter, it was on a topic which i really wanted to read about but could not stay awake. all in all, a good book that any good progressive needs to have on his or her bookshelf. C.
Excellent rebuttal critics of school desegregation
By Alan Mills - March 9, 2003
In 1954, the United States Supreme Court decided Brown vs. Board of Education, probably the Supreme Court decision which has had the most far ranging impact on America since marburry v. Madison.There have been a rash of books lately by conservatives, claiming that school desegregation has been an abject failure. Orfield, et al, ably rebut this criticism.School desegregation was never given a chance to work. From 1954 until 1968, school desegregation consisted almost entirely of symbolic gestures in a few isolated communities, set against a broad southern strategy of northern resistance.From 1968 until 1974--a short 6 years, school desegregation was accomplished throughout the south. Then the courts turned their gaze north, and the Supreme Court quickly retrenched--abandoning busing, and ruling that housing segregatioin had nothing to do with school desegregation--rather, housing segregation was a matter of "choice". Once that fateful decision was made, the North... read more
GREAT EXAMPLE OF CASE STUDY RESEARCH
By Martina Crier - April 5, 2004
The case studies in this book were cogent and beautifully written. (Not common in case studies!!) The stories remind you that real people are involved in these decisions -- are important. However, the book, overall, doesn't hold together. I wish the case study author had written the entire book because some of the rest of it seems off point. I'd love to see an update in what's happening in districts like Norfolk and Montgomery County. A good book for any student of race relations or the judiciary.