Turn Away Thy Son: Little Rock, the Crisis That Shocked the Nation

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Turn Away Thy Son Little Rock the Crisis That Shocked the Nation In September the nation was transfixed by nine black students attempting to integrate Central High School in Little Rock in the wake of the Supreme Court s Brown v Board of Education decision Go
  • Title: Turn Away Thy Son: Little Rock, the Crisis That Shocked the Nation
  • Author: Elizabeth Jacoway
  • ISBN: 9780743297196
  • Page: 283
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In September 1957, the nation was transfixed by nine black students attempting to integrate Central High School in Little Rock in the wake of the Supreme Court s Brown v Board of Education decision Governor Orval Faubus had defied the city s integration plan by calling out the Arkansas National Guard to prevent the students from entering the school Newspapers across tIn September 1957, the nation was transfixed by nine black students attempting to integrate Central High School in Little Rock in the wake of the Supreme Court s Brown v Board of Education decision Governor Orval Faubus had defied the city s integration plan by calling out the Arkansas National Guard to prevent the students from entering the school Newspapers across the nation ran front page photographs of whites, both students and parents, screaming epithets at the quiet, well dressed black children President Eisenhower reluctantly deployed troops from the 101st Air borne, both outside and inside the school Integration proceeded, but the turmoil of Little Rock had only just begun Public schools were soon shut down for a full year Black students endured outrageous provocation by white classmates Governor Faubus s popularity skyrocketed, while the landmark case Cooper v Aaron worked its way to the Supreme Court and eventually paved the way for the integration of the south.Betsy Jacoway was a Little Rock student just two years younger than the youngest of the Little Rock Nine Her Uncle Virgil was Superintendent of Schools Virgil Blossom Congressman Brooks Hays was an old family friend, and her Uncle Dick was Richard Butler, the lawyer who argued Cooper v Aaron before the Supreme Court Yet, at the time, she was cocooned away from the controversy in a protective shell that was typical for white southern good girls Only in graduate school did she begin to question the foundations of her native world, and her own distance from the controversy Turn Away Thy Son is the product of thirty years of digging behind the conventional account of the crisis, interviewing whites and blacks, officials and students, activists and ordinary citizens A tour de force of history and memory, it is also a brilliant, multifaceted mirror to hold up to America today She knows what happened to the brave black students once they got inside the doors of the school She knows how the whites fear of race mixing drove many locals to extremes of anger, paranoia, and even violence She knows that Orval Faubus was only a reluctant segregationist, and that her own cousin s timid tokenism precipitated the crisis.Above all, Turn Away Thy Son shows in vivid detail why school desegregation was the hottest of hot button issues in the Jim Crow south In the deepest recesses of the southern psyche, Jacoway encounters the fear of giving black men sexual access to white women The truth about Little Rock differs in many ways from the caricature that emerged in the press and in many histories but those differences pale in comparison to the fundamental driving force behind the story Turn Away Thy Son is a riveting, heartbreaking, eye opening book.
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    I had the pleasure of hearing Terrence Roberts, one of the Little Rock Nine , share his experiences and two things really stuck with me 1 There were over 100 students who signed up to go to Central High, but only 9 ended up there He said he often wondered how different the experience would have been with larger numbers 2 He mentioned that their parents should have been given awards for bravery as they sent their children to school each day not knowing if they would come home This book was very i [...]

    Well written, accessible and extremely interesting look at the school integration crisis in Little Rock from 1957 to 1959 I was familiar with the Little Rock Nine , of course, but I did not realize the full complexity of the situation and the wide ranging events that took place Definitely worth reading if you have any interest in the Civil Rights Movement.

    I had hoped to learn about the lives of the Little Rock Nine and the impacts of the schools being closed for a year, and while this book briefly touched on those topics, it spent so much time delving into the minutiae of the various laws and court cases that the rest got drowned out An overall timeline would have been very helpful since parts of this jumped around and I had a hard time keeping track of how much time had elapsed The central idea that the core of the anti integration movement was [...]

    A trip to Little Rock rekindled my interest in the story of the Little Rock Nine I researched to learn and discovered Turn Away Thy Son The book s initial value to me was to fill in a lot of gaps regarding the people, officials, organizations and governments that were involved But the real value of this book, published 50 years after the initial chaos, is to expand the story beyond the Little Rock Nine and their experiences to the social and political forces that influenced this behavior from t [...]

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