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Lines were drawn : remembering court-ordered integration at a Mississippi high school / edited by Teena F. Horn, Alan Huffman, and John Griffin Jones.
Title:
Lines were drawn : remembering court-ordered integration at a Mississippi high school / edited by Teena F. Horn, Alan Huffman, and John Griffin Jones.
Publication:
Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, [2016]
Publication Date:
2016
ISBN:
9781628462319

9781496814814
Bibliography Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents:
Childhood Memories of Mississippi: We Knew Something Was Coming -- The Historical Context of Radical Desegregation in Jackson, Mississippi -- Introduction to Integration: December 1969 through May 1970 -- The Holding Pens: Holding on to Segregation at Private Schools -- The Experiment: The 1970-1971 Academic Year and Other Pre-Murrah Experiences -- Home Life and Mixing of the Races -- Teachers at Murrah -- Common Ground: Murrah Sports and Traditions -- School Spirit: The Murrah Cheerleaders, Misses, Band, Pep Rallies, and Homecoming -- One Wild Night -- Life Lessons of the Murrah Experience.
Abstract:
"Lines Were Drawn looks at a group of Mississippi teenagers whose entire high school experience, beginning in 1969, was under federal court-ordered racial integration. Through oral histories and other research, this group memoir considers how the students, despite their markedly different backgrounds, shared a common experience that greatly influences their present interactions and views of the world--sometimes in surprising ways. The book is also an exploration of memory and the ways in which the same event can be remembered in very different ways by the participants. The editors (proud members of Murrah High School's Class of 1973) and more than fifty students and teachers address the reality of forced desegregation in the Deep South from a unique perspective--that of the faculty and students who experienced it and made it work, however briefly. The book tries to capture the few years in which enough people were so willing to do something about racial division that they sacrificed immediate expectations to give integration a true chance. This period recognizes a rare moment when the political will almost caught up with the determination of the federal courts to finally do something about race. Because of that collision of circumstances, southerners of both races assembled in the public schools and made integration work by coming together, and this book seeks to capture those experiences for subsequent generations"-- Provided by publisher.
Content Type:
text
Carrier Type:
volume
Language:
English
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