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Southern StalemateFive Years without Public Education in Prince Edward County, Virginia$
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Christopher Bonastia

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226063898

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226063911.001.0001

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Introduction Why Prince Edward County?

Introduction Why Prince Edward County?

(p.1) Introduction Why Prince Edward County?
Southern Stalemate
University of Chicago Press

Prince Edward County (PEC), Virginia, was the neglected chapter in American civil rights history. The racial history of Prince Edward is rich and complex. The county's pliable race relations allowed blacks a limited voice in legal matters. The end of the Civil War radically reshaped race relations in the county and beyond. This book is a political history and analysis that tries to discover why Prince Edward, alone among localities, elected to abandon public education for five years. It uses Prince Edward as a case study to examine rhetorical defenses of racial segregation. It is also employed to study the use of legal mobilization and direct-action tactics in addressing racial inequalities, assessing how and when legal mobilization and direct action may result in tangible benefits. Finally, an overview of the chapters included in this book is given.

Keywords:   Prince Edward County, American civil rights, race relations, Civil War, political history, public education, legal mobilization, racial inequalities

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