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Little Rock: Race and resistance at Central High School

Publication Type:

Book

Source:

Politics and society in twentieth-century America, Princeton University Press, Princeton, N.J., p.330 (2010)

Call Number:

Cubb LC214.23 .L56 A53 2010

URL:

http://searchworks.stanford.edu/view/8518863

Keywords:

African American students--Arkansas--Little Rock--History--20th century, African Americans--Education--Arkansas--Little Rock--History--20th century, Ark.)--History, Central High School (Little Rock, Little Rock (Ark.)--Politics and government--20th century, Little Rock (Ark.)--Race relations, School integration--Arkansas--Little Rock--History--20th century, School integration--Massive resistance movement--Arkansas--Little Rock--History--20th century

Abstract:

Contents: Mapping change : Little Rock forges a desegregation plan -- "Occupied Arkansas" : class, gender, and the politics of resistance -- Uncivil disobedience : the politics of race and resistance at Central High School, 1957-1958 -- The politics of school closure : massive resistance put to the test, 1958-1959 -- The politics of fear and gridlock -- Politics as usual : reviving the politics of tokenism.

Notes:

"The desegregation crisis in Little Rock is a landmark of American history: on September 4, 1957, after the Supreme Court struck down racial segregation in public schools, Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus called up the National Guard to surround Little Rock Central High School, preventing black students from going in. On September 25, 1957, nine black students, escorted by federal troops, gained entrance. With grace and depth, Little Rock provides fresh perspectives on the individuals, especially the activists and policymakers, involved in these dramatic events. Looking at a wide variety of evidence and sources, Karen Anderson examines American racial politics in relation to changes in youth culture, sexuality, gender relations, and economics, and she locates the conflicts of Little Rock within the larger political and historical context."