A Victory of Sorts: Desegregation in a Southern Community


reviewed by Kimberly Lenease King - 2004

coverTitle: A Victory of Sorts: Desegregation in a Southern Community
Author(s): Winfred E. Pitts
Publisher: University Press of America, Lanham
ISBN: 0761825339, Pages: 219, Year: 2003
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The 50th year anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, Topeka , KS is quickly approaching. It has given scholars/educators time to reflect on the educational experiences of African Americans in the post-Brown era. A Victory of Sorts: Desegregation in a Southern Community by Winfred E. Pitts assists in this process of reflection with a contribution to the “local history genre” (p. xiii). Embracing critical race theory, the author engages in what he calls ‘historical research methodology’ (p. xii). Pitts accomplishes this task primarily through archival research. However, to augment what he learns from archival documents like school board minutes, correspondence files with the U.S. Office of Civil Rights, microfilm copies of the local newspapers, school documents such as office records from city schools, yearbooks, and student newspapers, Pitts interviews individuals active at the school and community levels preceding, during, and following the Brown decision. This approach results in a vivid picture of the impact of Brown v. Board of Education, Topeka, KS on a local community that attempted to protect... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 5, 2004, p. 982-984
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11236, Date Accessed: 5/31/2020 6:35:40 AM

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