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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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The Federal Government Confronts the “Lone Pocket of Ludicrous Resistance”

The Federal Government Confronts the “Lone Pocket of Ludicrous Resistance”

(p.133) Five The Federal Government Confronts the “Lone Pocket of Ludicrous Resistance”
Southern Stalemate
University of Chicago Press

This chapter evaluates the role of the Kennedy administration, which adhered to a litigative strategy before spearheading the opening of the Free Schools in 1963. The Kennedy administration displayed its concern for Prince Edward blacks, moderated by its reluctance to antagonize powerful Southern politicians. The administration had decided that it must do more than wait for a definitive court verdict and was preparing for the launch of an innovative, one-year school system in the county. It settled on launching a “model school system for educationally deprived children,” open to all students and funded by private donations. The Free School Association made no attempt to engage white leaders in combat. The excitement about the Free Schools did not reach many whites. There was some indication that the Free Schools helped to open up interracial dialogue.

Keywords:   Kennedy administration, Free Schools, Prince Edward, Free School Association, white leaders

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