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Making the Unequal MetropolisSchool Desegregation and Its Limits$
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Ansley T. Erickson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226025254

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226025391.001.0001

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Busing Resisted and Transformed

Busing Resisted and Transformed

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(p.183) Chapter Six Busing Resisted and Transformed
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Making the Unequal Metropolis
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Ansley T. Erickson

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226025391.003.0007

Federal court-ordered busing for desegregation prompted resistance in multiple registers in Nashville. Thousands of parents and community members engaged in loud and highly visible curbside protests; out of view, local and federal officials used their power to oppose or complicate the process of busing. Meanwhile, state funding for an enhanced vocational education curriculum allowed the local school district to realize its plans for more and new comprehensive high schools. Seeking to link education to local and state economic growth, vocational education also reinforced sorting students, often by categories of race, class, or future occupation, between and within schools. The district located new comprehensive high schools in ways that furthered white suburban privilege and black urban burdens in the process of desegregation. Together the spatial and curricular organization of the comprehensive high school helped remake educational inequality alongside statistical desegregation.

Keywords:   desegregation, resistance, white flight, vocational education, suburbs, curriculum, comprehensive high school, economic growth

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