The Federal Government Confronts the “Lone Pocket of Ludicrous Resistance”

in Southern Stalemate

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780226063898
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226063911 | DOI:
The Federal Government Confronts the “Lone Pocket of Ludicrous Resistance”

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This chapter evaluates the role of the Kennedy administration, which adhered to a litigative strategy before spearheading the opening of the Free Schools in 1963. The Kennedy administration displayed its concern for Prince Edward blacks, moderated by its reluctance to antagonize powerful Southern politicians. The administration had decided that it must do more than wait for a definitive court verdict and was preparing for the launch of an innovative, one-year school system in the county. It settled on launching a “model school system for educationally deprived children,” open to all students and funded by private donations. The Free School Association made no attempt to engage white leaders in combat. The excitement about the Free Schools did not reach many whites. There was some indication that the Free Schools helped to open up interracial dialogue.

Keywords: Kennedy administration; Free Schools; Prince Edward; Free School Association; white leaders

Chapter.  11917 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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