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The Best of That World (Barbara Shircliffe)

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Title: The Best of That World
Sub-title: Historically Black High Schools and the Crisis of Desegregation in a Southern Metropolis
Author(s): Barbara Shircliffe
Publish Date: April 2006
Pages: 272
Format: Paper
This book chronicles the history, the closing, and what some see as the restoration of historically Black high schools from the voices of civil rights activists, community leaders, alumni, teachers, and others involved and affected by the desegregation process. A major theme is the power While privilege has in shaping policies purportedly designed to extend educational opportunities of African American children. Drawing on Critical Race Theory, the book exposes how desegregation policy discriminated against African Americans and how they pursued desegregation, as one of many strategies, including institution building in the community, to obtain equal educational opportunities.

Abridged Contents: Introduction. Class, Race, and White Supremacy: The Development of School Segregation in Florida. Accommodation and Resistance: The Struggle for Educational Equity. Florida's Movement for Civil Rights: Post-War Boom, Educational Expansion, and Brown. With All Deliberate Reluctance: Moderation and Desegregation in Hillsborough County, Florida. The Politics of School Desegregation: The Closing of Historically Black High Schools in Hillsborough County. "The Best of That World": Nostalgia and the Historically Black High School. The Restoration of Blake and Middleton High Schools. Unitary Status: Controlled Choice, Magnets, Community Schooling, and the Black Community. Conclusion. Author Index. Subject Index.

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