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The Schoolhouse Door: Segregation's Last Stand at the University of Alabama


reviewed by Scott Baker 1994

coverTitle: The Schoolhouse Door: Segregation's Last Stand at the University of Alabama
Author(s): E. Culpepper Clark
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Oxford
ISBN: 0195096584, Pages: , Year: 1995
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In The Schoolhouse Door, E. Culpepper Clark analyzes the political implications of George Wallace's attempt to deny African-American students access to the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa in June of 1963. Drawing on interviews, court records, and the papers of university administrators, Clark provides the most thorough and detailed historical account to date of the black struggle to desegregate higher education in the South. In many respects the story is a familiar one, and Clark's analysis of black courage and persistence, white intransigence, and eventual accommodation in the face of federal involvement echoes Charlayne Hunter-Gault's recently published autobiographical account of desegregation at the University of Georgia. What distinguishes Clark's work is not simply the richness of his historical narrative, but his contention that Wallace's symbolic stand at the schoolhouse door altered the American political landscape by launching Wallace's career as the champion of alienated and resentful whites. The initiative for the desegregation of the University of Alabama came not from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 96 Number 1, 1994, p. 114-116
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 57, Date Accessed: 10/19/2017 2:29:08 PM

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