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The Resource Struggling to learn : an intimate history of school desegregation in South Carolina, June Manning Thomas

Struggling to learn : an intimate history of school desegregation in South Carolina, June Manning Thomas

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Struggling to learn : an intimate history of school desegregation in South Carolina
Title
Struggling to learn
Title remainder
an intimate history of school desegregation in South Carolina
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June Manning Thomas
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "Author June Manning Thomas offers an intimate history of her experiences in Orangeburg, South Carolina during the 1960s. Thomas was among the plaintiffs in the court case Adams v. School Dist. No. 5, Orangeburg County (1964) and as a result was part of the first group of African American students to attend racially integrated public schools in Orangeburg. Thomas discusses her experiences with a sense of emotion and intimacy that helps readers to better comprehend the complexity of this moment. An academic by training, having received a Ph.D. in urban and regional planning and holding a distinguished professorship at the University of Michigan, Thomas overlays her own memories with archival research and secondary literature. This results in a historically minded memoir that deftly weaves broad historical context with a keen sense of personal experience. Thomas again brings a unique insight that builds upon the position of her family in the struggle for desegregation. Thomas' father was H.V. Manning, who served as president of Claflin University (1956-1984). This gave Thomas a unique position from which to view events in South Carolina, and especially in Orangeburg. Even in the sections of the manuscript that are more focused on historical framing, Thomas suffuses the text with her personal experiences and insights. Chapter 2, for instance, discusses her father's role in working for greater educational access for African Americans students. Chapter 5 then talks about economic boycotts in Orangeburg as a mechanism of protest. It also offers a first-hand account of the Orangeburg Movement. The heart of the book, however, comes in chapters 7-9, where Thomas discusses her own experiences as one of the first generation of African American students in South Carolina to attend desegregated schools, first in Orangeburg and then at Furman University in Greenville. Thomas' narrative is rich and complex. It highlights the ambiguities and internal tensions of the struggle for school desegregation and this period of South Carolina's history more generally"--
  • "In 1964 June Manning Thomas became one of the first thirteen Black students to desegregate Orangeburg High School in South Carolina. This extraordinary experience shaped her life and spurred in her a passion to understand racism and its effect on education in the Black community. In Struggling to Learn, Thomas details the personal trauma she and her Black classmates experienced during desegregation, the great difficulties Black communities have faced gaining access to K-12 and higher education, and the social and political tools Black southerners used to combat segregation and claim belonging.Combining meticulous research and poignant personal narrative, this provocative true story reveals the long and painful struggle for equal education in the Jim Crow South. Thomas articulates why Black communities persisted in their pursuit of school desegregation despite the hostility and unfulfilled promises along the way. This is a story of constructive resilience-the fighting spirit of an oppressed people to ensure a better life for themselves and their children"--
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Biography type
autobiography
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Thomas, June Manning
Dewey number
379.2/630975779
Index
index present
LC call number
LA2317.T45
LC item number
A3 2021
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Thomas, June Manning
  • College teachers
  • Orangeburg School District Five
  • School integration
  • Racism in education
  • African Americans
  • Orangeburg (S.C.)
  • Civil rights movements
  • EDUCATION / History
Label
Struggling to learn : an intimate history of school desegregation in South Carolina, June Manning Thomas
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Black education as a response to Jim Crow -- Struggling for equal education -- A neighboring county arises -- Defending white schools -- Living there and then -- Struggling to learn -- Struggling to desegregate -- Struggling to survive -- Keeping up a struggle -- Conclusion: Moving to the future -- Life as epilogue
Control code
on1274230648
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
300 pages
Isbn
9781643362595
Lccn
2021042129
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1274230648
Label
Struggling to learn : an intimate history of school desegregation in South Carolina, June Manning Thomas
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Black education as a response to Jim Crow -- Struggling for equal education -- A neighboring county arises -- Defending white schools -- Living there and then -- Struggling to learn -- Struggling to desegregate -- Struggling to survive -- Keeping up a struggle -- Conclusion: Moving to the future -- Life as epilogue
Control code
on1274230648
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
300 pages
Isbn
9781643362595
Lccn
2021042129
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1274230648

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