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Schools Betrayed: Roots of Failure in Inner-City Education

Kathryn M. Neckerman


The problems commonly associated with inner-city schools were not nearly as pervasive a century ago, when black children in most northern cities attended school alongside white children. This history of race and urban education tells the story of how and why these schools came to serve black children so much worse than their white counterparts. Focusing on Chicago public schools between 1900 and 1960, it compares the circumstances of blacks and white immigrants, groups that had similarly little wealth and status yet came to gain vastly different benefits from their education. Their divergent e ... More

Keywords: inner-city schools, black children, race, urban education, Chicago, immigrants, educational outcomes, migration, academic failure, inequality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780226569604
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226569628.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kathryn M. Neckerman, author