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Paradoxes of Desegregation : African American Struggles for Educational Equity in Charleston, South Carolina, 1926-1972 - R. Scott Baker

Paradoxes of Desegregation

African American Struggles for Educational Equity in Charleston, South Carolina, 1926-1972

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Published: 1st August 2006
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In this provocative appraisal of desegregation in South Carolina, R. Scott Baker contends that half a century after the Brown decision we still know surprisingly little about the new system of public education that replaced segregated caste arrangements in the South. Much has been written about the most dramatic battles for black access to southern schools, but Baker examines the rational and durable evasions that authorities institutionalized in response to African American demands for educational opportunity. A case study of southern evasions, ""Paradoxes of Desegregation"" documents the new educational order that grew out of decades of conflict between African American civil rights activists and South Carolina's political leadership. During the 1940s, Baker shows, a combination of black activism on a local level and NAACP litigation forced state officials to increase funding for black education. This early phase of the struggle in turn accelerated the development of institutions that cultivated a new generation of grass roots leaders. Baker demonstrates that white resistance to integration did not commence or crystallize after Brown. Instead, beginning in the 1940s, authorities in South Carolina institutionalized an exclusionary system of standardized testing that, according to Baker, exploited African Americans' educational disadvantages, limited access to white schools, and confined black South Carolinians to separate institutions. As massive resistance to desegregation collapsed in the late 1950s, officials in other southern states followed South Carolina's lead, adopting testing policies that continue to govern the region's educational system. ""Paradoxes of Desegregation"" brings much needed historical perspective to contemporary debates about the landmark federal education law, No Child Left Behind. Baker analyzes decades of historical evidence related to high-stakes testing, and concludes that desegregation, while a triumph for advantaged blacks, has paradoxically been a tragedy for most African Americans.

List of Illustrations and Tablesp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. xv
Mamie Fields and the School at Society Corner, 1926-1938p. 1
"The First Signs of a Mass Movement," 1938-1945p. 21
Testing Equality, 1936-1946p. 44
The Veil in Higher Education, 1943-1953p. 63
Black Schooling and the Briggs Decision, 1945-1954p. 87
Contesting Brown, 1954-1960p. 108
Evading Brown, 1954-1960p. 127
Disorder and Desegregation, 1960-1963p. 139
A New Educational Order, 1963-1972p. 158
Epiloguep. 178
Notesp. 181
Bibliographyp. 213
Indexp. 239
About the Authorp. 249
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ISBN: 9781570036323
ISBN-10: 1570036322
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 1st August 2006
Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.56