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Southern Stalemate: Five Years without Public Education in Prince Edward County, Virginia

Christopher Bonastia


In 1959, Virginia's Prince Edward County closed its public schools rather than obey a court order to desegregate. For five years, black children were left to fend for themselves while the courts decided if the county could continue to deny its citizens public education. Investigating this remarkable and nearly forgotten story of local, state, and federal political confrontation, the book recounts the test of wills that pitted resolute African Americans against equally steadfast white segregationists in a battle over the future of public education in America. Beginning in 1951 when black high s ... More

Keywords: local politics, state politics, federal politics, African Americans, white segregationists, civil rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780226063898
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226063911.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Bonastia, author