Oh, Do I Remember!

Experiences of Teachers During the Desegregation of Austin's Schools, 1964-1971

By Anna Victoria Wilson & William E. Segall

Subjects: Education
Series: SUNY series, Theory, Research, and Practice in Social Education
Paperback : 9780791450383, 212 pages, July 2001
Hardcover : 9780791450376, 212 pages, July 2001

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Table of contents


1. Introduction


Finding the Pieces
Visions Change


2. Social Construction of Race


Dred Scott: Seeking the Right to be Free
"Glorious Lost Causes": Civil War and Reconstruction
One Drop of Black Blood: Separate Rail Cars
First Class War and Second Class Citizenship
Flaming Crosses: White Robes and Protestant Fundamentalist Justice
Peeking Over the Color Line
Othering: New and Different Definitions


3. Oh, I Do Remember!


Separate but Equal
Testing the System
A Flawed and Failed School Desegregation Plan


4. Moving from the Shadows into the Sunlight


Setting the Stage for Brown
The End of Jim Crow: Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka
School Desegregation Begins in Texas
Desegregation is Imminent for the Capital City


5. With All Deliberate Slowness


The Enormous Responsibility
The Fall of 1966
Across Town at Johnston
Teaching Black History
Education for Democratic Citizenship
Whatever Steps Necessary


6. No White Missionaries Need Apply


White is the Color of My Skin
Anderson Welcomes New Teachers
A Roller Coaster Time
On the Opposite Side of Town


7. Death of a School


Historical Background
Anderson High School: A Meeting Place
Foreshadowing the Closure
Death of a School
Loss of Community


8. Reflections and Memories


White Flight: Leaving Austin's Core
White Schools and the Culture of Integration
The Stalemate


9. Creating Places of Engaged Listening


Structures and Words of Segregation
Citing Different Histories and Conveying Different Meanings
Grass Once Marking a High School
Desegregated Schools: Who Lost?


Chapter Endnotes

The story of one city's experience with school desegregation, as seen through the eyes of the teachers who lived it.


Stories of school desegregation are ultimately about people—teachers who work in the schools and the students who are there to learn. This book focuses on the front line faculty and their recollection of the effort to desegregate faculty in Austin's schools during 1964–1971 in compliance with the Brown v. Board of Education, Topeka, Kansas Supreme Court ruling. This event had an enduring personal and professional impact on the Austin teachers that lives on in their memory and is now recounted in detail for the first time.

Anna Victoria Wilson is Assistant Professor of Curriculum Studies at North Carolina State University. William E. Segall is Professor of Social Foundations at Oklahoma State University. They also coauthored Introduction to Education: Teaching in a Diverse Society.


"Wilson and Segall offer a clear picture of how Black teachers' situations and reactions differed from those of White teachers even when both groups agreed on the value of racial desegregation. Furthermore, they illustrate the job of teaching as well as the ways teachers responded to a national reform. " — Joseph Watras, University of Dayton