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By Carl L. Bankston

Fifty years after Brown v. Board of schooling, the U.S. nonetheless has a ways to visit reach real integration of our academic approach. utilizing vast interviews and a wealth of statistical details, Bankston and Caldas research the failed desegregation efforts in Louisiana as a case learn to teach how desegregation has an analogous unsuccessful development around the usa. robust supporters of the dream of integration, Bankston and Caldas convey that the sensible trouble with desegregation is that educational environments are created by means of the entire scholars in a faculty from the backgrounds that every one the scholars carry with them.† regrettably, the risks that minority teenagers need to conquer impact faculties greater than colleges can assist treatment those dangers.

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Our intention in this book is not justification or blame, but a clear and accurate explanation, as uncomfortable as that may be for some. Louisiana as a Case Study While we look at desegregation in Louisiana in this volume, we also intend this to be a book about desegregation in the United States. The state of Louisiana is an important area for race relations in its own right. Like other southern states, it has a large black population and therefore racial issues in Louisiana have an urgency that they may not have in, say, Idaho.

The Roots of a Racially Divided Society 27 As recently as 1999, a French-speaking twenty-year-old white Cajun farmer in St. Martin Parish, where Catholic churches and public high school proms are still segregated by race, pointed out a bar in rural Cecilia where blacks still enter by the back door. 16 A reporter for the St. Martin Parish weekly newspaper Teche News told us that St. Martinville, the parish seat of St. Martin Parish, was a backwater, “a throwback to plantation days,” where racial attitudes were very hardened and traditional, and not necessarily overt or obvious to the casual visitor.

Packard. Results of the Nicholls-Packard contest followed the racial distribution of the state’s population. In parishes with majority-black populations, Packard was victorious. 4 Although Packard won and initially took office, with the withdrawal of federal troops the Republican administration crumbled. Nicholls and the Democrats came to power. 5 The division of the political universe according to skin color was codified during the Jim Crow period of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

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