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Brown in Baltimore: School Desegregation and the Limits of Liberalism
by Howell Baum
In the first book to present the history of Baltimore school desegregation, Howell S. Baum shows how good intentions got stuck on what Gunnar Myrdal called the "American Dilemma." Immediately after the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision, the city's liberal school board voted to desegregate and adopted a free choice policy that made integration voluntary.
Hardcover, 274 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Cornell University Press
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Excellent in-depth review of how Baltimore City Public Schools "desegregated" without ever figuring out how to achieve integration. The school board, many citizens, courts, and local mores contributed to the failures and numerous attempts were unsuccessful in spite of the work done by the NAACP, prominent local figures, and federal officials who were involved in larger desegregation/integration efforts nationwide. In the conclusion, Baum writes, "Although a 1987 observer would see a preponderanc ...more