The Resource At their own deliberate speed : the desegregation of the public schools in Beaufort County, South Carolina, by Anne Lufkin Kelsey

At their own deliberate speed : the desegregation of the public schools in Beaufort County, South Carolina, by Anne Lufkin Kelsey

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At their own deliberate speed : the desegregation of the public schools in Beaufort County, South Carolina
Title
At their own deliberate speed
Title remainder
the desegregation of the public schools in Beaufort County, South Carolina
Statement of responsibility
by Anne Lufkin Kelsey
Title variation
Desegregation of the public schools in Beaufort County, South Carolina
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"This project studies public school desegregation in Beaufort County, South Carolina, from 1954-1973. Beaufort County is a community that historians have overlooked in the narrative of southern school desegregation. Just like other southern communities, Beaufort County's school desegregation story must be studied from multiple angles and across time. By focusing on a rural county on the coast of South Carolina, this project asks how school desegregation occurred in areas outside of the 'visible South.' Within this narrative, this project approaches Beaufort County's school desegregation from two historiographical angles--one top-down and the other bottom-up. The first explores how federal mandates and the need for federal funds for schools affected desegregation in the community. The second deals with how the community's character, demographics, and spatial geography influenced both the way desegregation took place structurally and the success of desegregation efforts within the school walls. This project first provides background information about Beaufort County's history and geography and an overview of school desegregation in the South during the 1950s-1970s. It then addresses the major phases of school desegregation in Beaufort County: a phase of inaction from 1954-64, 'Freedom of Choice' from 1964-1970, and 'Full Integration' which began in 1970. This project illuminates two aspects of both the 'Freedom of Choice' and 'Full Integration' phases in Beaufort County: 1) the steps school district officials took to ensure compliance with federal mandates and the community's reaction to the compliance process and 2) how students and teachers experienced school desegregation. The history of school desegregation in Beaufort, off the beaten path in the 1950s-1970s in terms of its history and its geography, highlights the common themes in southern school desegregation. These include: initial resistance to limited desegregation, the use of states' rights rhetoric to oppose school desegregation, and stark contrasts between 'Freedom of Choice' and 'Full Integration' in terms of the racial identities of schools and the presence of white flight. Yet studying Beaufort County also illuminates aspects of school desegregation that historians should consider further, such as role of federal funding and Department of Health, Education, and Welfare mandates on school desegregation."--Leaves ii-iii
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Kelsey, Anne Lufkin
Dissertation note
Thesis (M.A.)--Clemson University, 2010.
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  • School integration
  • Beaufort County (S.C.)
  • Public schools
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At their own deliberate speed : the desegregation of the public schools in Beaufort County, South Carolina, by Anne Lufkin Kelsey
Link
http://etd.lib.clemson.edu/documents/1285779242/Kelsey_clemson_0050M_10722.pdf
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Publication
Note
  • "May 2010."
  • Typescript
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Contents
Introduction -- Beaufort County and the larger picture of school desegregation -- An 'us versus the federal government' approach to achieving compliance -- Freedom of choice in the schools -- Full integration -- Conclusion
Dimensions
28 cm.
Extent
viii, 108 leaves
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Reproduction note
Photocopy.
Label
At their own deliberate speed : the desegregation of the public schools in Beaufort County, South Carolina, by Anne Lufkin Kelsey
Link
http://etd.lib.clemson.edu/documents/1285779242/Kelsey_clemson_0050M_10722.pdf
Publication
Note
  • "May 2010."
  • Typescript
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Contents
Introduction -- Beaufort County and the larger picture of school desegregation -- An 'us versus the federal government' approach to achieving compliance -- Freedom of choice in the schools -- Full integration -- Conclusion
Dimensions
28 cm.
Extent
viii, 108 leaves
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Reproduction note
Photocopy.

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