“Clean as a Hound's Tooth”

in Southern Stalemate

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780226063898
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226063911 | DOI:
“Clean as a Hound's Tooth”

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This chapter explores white justifications for the school closings. Prince Edward's leadership in resisting school desegregation was organizational—forming the white academy, attempting to use public monies to fund its operations—and rhetorical as well. The depiction of the school closings as an expression of principle was significant given that the ultimate outcome lay in the hands of judges. White leaders insisted that they were not responsible for depriving black children of education. The refusal of local blacks to accept the help of whites in starting their own private schools drew repeated criticism. Prince Edward County sought to establish the outer limits of legal resistance to public school desegregation by closing public schools and attempting to subsidize private, segregated schools using taxpayer dollars. Black Prince Edwardians rejected the assertions presented, fighting the case for over a decade through attorneys and finally returning to the streets in summer 1963.

Keywords: white justifications; school closings; Prince Edward County; public school desegregation; white leaders; education; private schools

Chapter.  11589 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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