384 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 31 halftones, 1 maps, 10 tables, notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-5529-1
Published: May 2019
Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-8078-3930-0
Published: August 2013
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-0970-6
Published: August 2013
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Awards & distinctions
North Caroliniana Book Award, North Caroliniana Society
2014 Ragan Old North State Award for Nonfiction, North Carolina Literary and Historical Association
These battles persisted into the Brown era, mobilized black communities, narrowed material disparities, fostered black school pride, and profoundly shaped the eventual movement for desegregation. Thuesen emphasizes that the remarkable achievements of this activism should not obscure the inherent limitations of a fight for equality in a segregated society. In fact, these unresolved struggles are emblematic of fault lines that developed across the South, and serve as an urgent reminder of the inextricable connections between educational equality, racial diversity, and the achievement of first-class citizenship.
About the Author
Sarah Thuesen teaches history at Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C.
For more information about Sarah Caroline Thuesen, visit the Author Page.
"Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above."--Choice
“Thuesen joins a rich and growing literature that embraces the idea of a ‘Long Civil Rights Movement.’”--Journal of Interdisciplinary History
“An outstanding work of scholarship that substantially increases our understanding of the history of education and the long black freedom struggle.”--The North Carolina Historical Review
“Thuesen’s nuanced analysis deepens our understanding of the history of education in North Carolina.”--Journal of American History
“This study of the African American struggle for educational equality is crucial reading for anyone interested in the long civil rights movement, educational reform, or the relationship between school and citizenship. Thuesen’s research is impeccable; her writing is clear; and her arguments are well-grounded in the facts.”--American Historical Review
“A precise and reasoned exploration of this rich and complex history, particularly attentive to a range of black efforts and opinions.”--Journal of Southern History
Multimedia & Links
Read: In a guest post, Thuesen discusses the history and impact of the North Carolina NAACP during an important anniversary. Read "The North Carolina NAACP: 80 Years at the Forefront of Struggles for Equality."
Read In another post, Thuesen explains how North Carolina used the creation and renovation of black schools to resist integration and warns against retreating too early from formal desegregation strategies. Read "Jim Crow’s Roots, Jim Crow’s Remedies."