"IN MOST OF THE COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE DESEGREGATED THEIR SCHOOLS THE COMMON REACTION MIGHT BE SUMMED UP BY THE REMARK, 'IT WASN'T AS BAD AS WE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE'": FIRST EDITION OF SEGREGATION AND THE SCHOOLS, 1954
THE PUBLIC AFFAIRS COMMITTEE. Segregation and the Schools. New York: Public Affairs Committee, (1954). Octavo, staple-bound as issued, original pictorial paper wrappers; pp. 28. $6800.
First edition of this pamphlet by the Public Affairs Committee in collaboration with the NAACP released in the aftermath of Brown v. Board and offering practical approaches to desegregation.
When the Supreme Court desegregated schools through Brown v. Board in 1954, a slew of logistical problems remained. It was one thing to say that schools must be desegregated and another thing altogether to produce that result across thousands of schools nationwide. This pamphlet, released by the education-focused Public Affairs Committee, was intended to help move desegregation forward by offering practical, actionable information including an accurate history of segregation; survey-based data about pro- and anti-integration attitudes held by various groups of stakeholders; cost data derived from research; brief case histories of public schools that attempted integration; and methods appropriate for integrating more and less resistant communities. This is Public Affairs pamphlet no. 209.
Interior generally fine, tiny stain to rear panel and only slightest rubbing to extremities. A lovely copy in nearly fine condition.