The focus of this thesis is on the interaction between the declining economy and systemic school segregation in the post-Brown era, from 1954 to 1980, in Akron, Ohio. This thesis asks, how did Akron's economic decline influence desegregation in public schools and attitudes toward busing in the decades following the Brown v. Board of Education decision? This thesis is situated in scholarship over last fifteen years related to the "myth of southern exceptionalism" and debates around the usefulness of the de facto/de jure dichotomy. Akron, Ohio is an appropriate and interesting city to examine. As a Rust Belt city with a sizeable African American population, Akron provides an opportunity to understand the role of economic decline on the state of and attitudes toward desegregation in the Rust Belt. Desegregation was such a contentious issue that it was the subject of a major trial in Akron, Bell v. Board of Education.
Rider, Abigail S., "Broke City, Broke Schools: Desegregation of Public Schools and the Economic Decline of Akron, Ohio" (2013). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 3782.
Educational Administration and Supervision | History | Urban Education
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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