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When traditionally white public schools in the South became sites of massive resistance in the wake of the Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education decision, numerous white students exited the public system altogether, with parents choosing homeschooling or private segregationist academies. But some historically white elite private schools opted to desegregate. The black students that attended these schools courageously navigated institutional and interpersonal racism but ultimately emerged as upwardly mobile leaders. Transforming the Elite tells this story. Focusing on the experiences of the first black students to desegregate Atlanta's well-known The Westminster Schools and national efforts to diversify private schools, Michelle A. Purdy combines social history with policy analysis in a dynamic narrative that expertly re-creates this overlooked history.

Through gripping oral histories and rich archival research, this book showcases educational changes for black southerners during the civil rights movement including the political tensions confronted, struggles faced, and school cultures transformed during private school desegregation. This history foreshadows contemporary complexities at the heart of the black community's mixed feelings about charter schools, school choice, and education reform.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Figures, Map, and Tables
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Abbreviations in the Text
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-21
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  1. Chapter One: The Inheritances of a New Elite Private School
  2. pp. 22-55
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  1. Chapter Two: Contending with Change and Challenges
  2. pp. 56-81
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  1. Chapter Three: The Blurring of Public and Private
  2. pp. 82-113
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  1. Chapter Four: The Fearless Firsts
  2. pp. 114-144
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  1. Chapter Five: Courageous Navigation
  2. pp. 145-176
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 177-182
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 183-188
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  1. Appendix: The Fearless Firsts since Graduating from Westminster
  2. pp. 189-192
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 193-218
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 219-232
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 233-244
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781469643519
Related ISBN
9781469643496
MARC Record
OCLC
1049150222
Pages
258
Launched on MUSE
2018-08-29
Language
English
Open Access
No
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