The Dream Long Deferred: The Landmark Struggle for Desegregation in Charlotte, North Carolina

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The Dream Long Deferred tells the fifty-year story of the landmark struggle for the desegregation in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the present state of the city's public school system. Gaillard, who covered school integration for the Charlotte Observer, updates his earlier 1988 and 1999 editions of this work to examine the difficult circumstances of the present day. Charlotte began voluntary desegregation in 1957, but the slow pace lead to lawsuits to demand immediate and complete integration. When the U.S. District Court in 1969, and subsequently the U.S. Supreme Court in 1971, upheld that demand in the landmark Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Charlotte became the national test case for busing. Within five years, Charlotte was a model of successful integration. In 1999, a group of white citizens reopened the case to push for a return to neighborhood schools. A federal judge sided with them, finding that the plans initiated in the 1971 ruling were both unnecessary and unconstitutional because they were race-based. Today, Gaillard explains, Charlotte's schools are becoming segregated once more - this time along both economic and racial lines. span of Charlotte's five-decade struggle with race in education to remind us that the national dilemma of equal educational opportunity remains unsettled.

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"In the early 1970s the Charlotte, N.C., school system was the national test case for busing as a means of achieving racial desegregation. Gaillard, a Charlotte Observer editor who covered the issue as a reporter, emphasizes here that 'whatever the experience of other cities, busing was not a tragedy in Charlotte.' This interesting and well-written study focuses on those who fought to make busing work--parents and school principals, activists and reformers, lawyers and judges, journalists and ministers, average people who struggled to put doctrine ahead of self-interest."--Publishers Weekly

"Gaillard offers thorough research, perceptiveness, balance, and an engaging style that leaves room for one's own conclusions. . . . A compelling account."--New York Times Book Review

"Gaillard deftly tracks the recent changes in the school system. . . . He works to be fair to all sides."--Charlotte Observer

"An impressively moving personal and political portrait of a community."--David J. Garrow, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference

"Frye Gaillard has produced more than a perceptive study of the landmark Charlotte schools case; he has captured the nuance and flavor of a city in crisis."--J. Anthony Lukas, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families

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Frye Gaillard, writer in residence at the University of South Alabama is the author of nineteen books, including Cradle of Freedom: Alabama and the Movement That Changed America - winner of the 2005 Lillian Smith Book Award. Gaillard writes for Parade, the Oxford American, Saturday Review, and the Washington Post.

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