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Both Sides Now: The Story of School Desegregation's Graduates


reviewed by RoSusan D. Bartee — May 21, 2009

coverTitle: Both Sides Now: The Story of School Desegregation's Graduates
Author(s): Amy Stuart Wells
Publisher: University of California Press, Los Angeles
ISBN: 0520256786, Pages: 368, Year: 2009
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Both Sides Now: The Story of School Desegregation’s Graduates provides a compelling account of the evolutionary process of desegregation from legal policy to social phenomena. The inherent dilemma of desegregation becomes transparent through revelations of the personalized experiences of racially diverse graduates. In many ways these revelations are linked to the presence of double consciousness, a term coined by W. E. B. Dubois in the 19th century, and one that substantiates many of the worst fears about desegregation while perpetuating its best hopes. This book also offers inspiration toward fostering integration, which is a fundamental tenet of a successfully desegregated context and an overcoming of the double consciousness therein. Such findings remain important to further understand the cross-sectional, shared implications of desegregation for schools and society.         In the book, double consciousness is used to describe the warring ideals and ideas of both majority and minority racial groups who graduated from... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: May 21, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15634, Date Accessed: 10/19/2017 4:06:45 PM

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  • RoSusan Bartee
    University of Mississippi
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    ROSUSAN D. BARTEE, Ph.D., is currently an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi. Dr. Bartee’s research interests are K-12 education leadership, organizational culture and social contexts of schools, and university-school partnerships. Dr. Bartee teaches graduate-level courses in educational leadership, research methods, and cultural contexts of education.
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