Breaking the Basket of Eggs

in Southern Stalemate

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780226063898
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226063911 | DOI:
Breaking the Basket of Eggs

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This chapter examines the eventual collapse of the state's attempt to permit no school desegregation anywhere. All of the states bordering Virginia—Maryland, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, and North Carolina—had begun school desegregation in the fall of 1957. North Carolina did not try to prevent desegregation in locales willing to accept it, and desegregation decisions rested with localities, rather than the state. Lindsay Almond was the preferred choice of the state's hardcore segregationists. The Norfolk School Board was nearly Almond-like in its shifting stances on school desegregation. Prince Edward's public schools had been closed. State unity on segregation had proven fleeting. Prince Edward clung to complete segregation: white students would attend the private Prince Edward Academy, and black students would be left to fend for themselves.

Keywords: school desegregation; Virginia; Norfolk School Board; Prince Edward; public schools; North Carolina; Lindsay Almond; Prince Edward Academy

Chapter.  11343 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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