White Supremacy and Black Resistance in Prince Edward County and Virginia

in Southern Stalemate

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780226063898
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226063911 | DOI:
White Supremacy and Black Resistance in Prince Edward County and Virginia

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This chapter describes the status of white leadership and black resistance in Prince Edward County and Virginia. White county leaders presumably anticipated that the opening of the new black high school in 1939 would allay complaints about meager and unequal educational resources. However, the 1940s would witness the beginnings of a tectonic shift in relations between blacks and whites throughout the nation, particularly in the South. Prince Edward would prove to be the most contentious and enduring battleground over the school desegregation issue. Black students in the county learned that they must be active in enhancing their schools. The white county leaders were shocked due to the 1951 student strike and subsequent NAACP lawsuit. The cold war in Prince Edward would be shaped by judges most directly, but also by frequently shifting political and social currents at the state and national levels.

Keywords: white leadership; black resistance; Prince Edward County; Virginia; school desegregation; white county leaders; 1951 student strike; NAACP lawsuit

Chapter.  12296 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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