Desegregation in Boston and Buffalo

The Influence of Local Leaders

By Steven J. L. Taylor

Subjects: African American Studies
Series: SUNY series in African American Studies
Paperback : 9780791439203, 259 pages, September 1998
Hardcover : 9780791439197, 259 pages, September 1998

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Table of contents

List of Tables

List of Figure

Acknowledgments

1. Introduction

2. Inter-ethnic Struggles in Boston and Buffalo

3. The Politics of School Segregation

4. The Responses of the Local Community Leadership

5. Community Reactions to the Implementation of Busing

6. Informants' Explanations of the Community Reaction

7. Conclusion

Note

Bibliography

Index

Examines how citizens and the political leadership of two cities dealt with controversial court orders to end the segregation of public schools.

Description

Desegregation in Boston and Buffalo examines how the citizens and the political leadership of the two cities dealt with controversial court orders to end the segregation of public schools. Although the cities shared many similarities, they witnessed very dissimilar outcomes. Taylor covers key factors such as inter-ethnic relations and the struggle of various ethnic groups for political empowerment, and focuses on the political development of African American communities in urban environments and the role of Black elected leadership in helping to diffuse potentially volatile situations.

Steven J. L. Taylor is Visiting Assistant Professor of Government at American University.

Reviews

"An outstanding book! I know a great deal about Boston school desegregation since I served as a court-appointed master. Factually, the author has given an excellent report. The use of both quantitative and qualitative research methods enhance the readability of the book. The historical summaries of racial politics in Buffalo and Boston are the best that I have seen. " — Charles V. Willie, Harvard University