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Boston against Busing: Race, Class, and Ethnicity in the 1960's and 1970's


reviewed by Paul M. Wright - 1992

coverTitle: Boston against Busing: Race, Class, and Ethnicity in the 1960's and 1970's
Author(s): Ronald Formisano
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, NC
ISBN: 0807842923, Pages: 323, Year: 1991
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This is a very fine academic book, indeed, but school desegregation in Boston is far from an academic issue, even in 1991, almost twenty years after Morgan v. Hennigan was filed in the Federal District Court for Massachusetts and assigned to Judge W. Arthur Garrity. As this review was being prepared, Judge Garrity found it necessary to reopen the case, less than a year after he had closed it, because the school department had fallen behind in the court-mandated effort to increase the proportion of black teachers in the system.1 Reflective of the still fresh memory of ancient wounds, in response to a mayoral initiative to replace the elected school committee with a body appointed by the mayor, John O’Bryant—a prominent and generally judicious black member of the school committee—remembered in a recent press conference that Mayor Raymond Flynn—a moderate antibusing leader in the 1970s—“was the one standing in the [schoolhouse]... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 93 Number 4, 1992, p. 761-763
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 270, Date Accessed: 9/29/2020 4:47:41 AM

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