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Bringing a new perspective to Charlotte’s landmark school desegregation efforts, Stephen Samuel Smith provides a multi-faceted history of the nationally praised mandatory busing plan and the court battle that led to its ultimate demise. Although both black and white children benefited from busing, its most ongoing consequences were not educational, but the political and economic ones that served the interests of Charlotte’s business elite and facilitated the city’s economic boom. Drawing on urban regime theory, Smith shows how busing enhanced civic capacity and was part of a political alliance between Charlotte’s business elite and black political leaders. This account of Charlotte’s history has national implications for desegregation, urban education, efforts to build civic capacity, and the political involvement of the urban poor.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. List of Maps, Tables, and Figures
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface and Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Maps
  2. pp. xv-xviii
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  1. Chapter 1 Introduction
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. Chapter 2 Background Regime Politics and the Purest Strain of the Southern Booster Gene
  2. pp. 23-56
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  1. Chapter 3 Swann’s Way and the Heyday of Charlotte’s Busing Plan
  2. pp. 57-90
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  1. Chapter 4 Swan Song for the Busing Plan?
  2. pp. 91-106
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  1. Chapter 5 Political Fluidity and the Alchemy of School Reform
  2. pp. 107-146
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  1. Chapter 6 Desegregation Buried in Potter’s Field? The Reactivation of the Swann Case
  2. pp. 147-172
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  1. Chapter 7The Charlotte-MecklenburgCompromise?
  2. pp. 173-208
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  1. Chapter 8 School Desegregation and the Uphill Flow of Civic Capacity
  2. pp. 209-246
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  1. Appendix
  2. pp. 247-252
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 253-314
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 315-328
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