From Brown to Meredith: The Long Struggle for School Desegregation in Louisville, Kentucky, 1954-2007
K'Meyer chronicles the local response to Brown v. Board of Education in 1956 and describes the start of countywide busing in 1975 as well as the crisis sparked by violent opposition to it. She reveals the forgotten story of the defense of integration and busing reforms in the 1980s and 1990s, culminating in the response to the 2007 Supreme Court decision known as Meredith. This long and multifaceted struggle for school desegregation, K'Meyer shows, informs the ongoing movement for social justice in Louisville and beyond.
An important case study in history and oral history because of its extensive use of interviews.--Oral History ReviewAn important contribution to the study of school desegregation. . . .From Brown to Meredith expands our understanding of the "long" civil rights movement by examining how school integration has fared in recent decades.--Register of the Kentucky Historical Society[A] valuable and accessible community study.--Journal of Southern HistoryWell-researched and methodologically sound. . . . A laudable job.--Journal of African American HistoryThe richness of these primary sources does recommend the work as a supplementary text for upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses in modern American history.--Journal of American History K'Meyer brings scholarly sophistication and a breadth of knowledge to this straightforward, articulate, important contribution to the history of the Civil Rights Movement.--Doug Boyd, Director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of KentuckyFrom Brown to Meredith is an intervention: it takes on current (mis)understandings about the history of school desegregation, especially the tendency to see it as over and done with and, consequently, a failure. Here is an alternate history--grounded in oral history--of biracial efforts to support successful desegregation, especially through busing, that most maligned of means to achieve integration. We glimpse here what it would have taken, and what Louisville partially achieved, to make the promise of Brown a reality.--Kathy Nasstrom, University of San Francisco
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