240 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 14 halftones, 1 maps, appends., notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-2725-0
Published: February 2016
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-0709-2
Published: August 2013
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Awards & distinctions
2014 Samuel W. Thomas Book Award, Louisville Historical Society
2014 Award of Merit, American Association for State and Local History
K'Meyer chronicles the local response to Brown v. Board of Education in 1956 and describes the start of countywide busing in 1975 as well as the crisis sparked by violent opposition to it. She reveals the forgotten story of the defense of integration and busing reforms in the 1980s and 1990s, culminating in the response to the 2007 Supreme Court decision known as Meredith. This long and multifaceted struggle for school desegregation, K'Meyer shows, informs the ongoing movement for social justice in Louisville and beyond.
About the Author
Tracy E. K’Meyer is professor of history and codirector of the Oral History Center at the University of Louisville.
For more information about Tracy E. K'Meyer, visit the Author Page.
“An important case study in history and oral history because of its extensive use of interviews.”--Oral History Review
“The richness of these primary sources does recommend the work as a supplementary text for upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses in modern American history.”--Journal of American History
“An important contribution to the study of school desegregation. . . .From Brown to Meredith expands our understanding of the “long” civil rights movement by examining how school integration has fared in recent decades.”--Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
"[A] valuable and accessible community study."--Journal of Southern History
"Well-researched and methodologically sound. . . . A laudable job."--Journal of African American History
"K'Meyer brings scholarly sophistication and a breadth of knowledge to this straightforward, articulate, important contribution to the history of the Civil Rights Movement."--Doug Boyd, Director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky
Multimedia & Links
Read In a guest blog post, K’Meyer gives us a clear picture of why school segregation still matters. Read "The Ongoing Struggle for Civil Rights in Schools"
ReadIn another guest blog post, K’Meyer discusses how city-wide busing influenced the initial desegregation of schools in Louisville, and how the city continues to hold firm to its commitment to integrated schools. Read "Busing and the Desegregation of Louisville Schools"