A Girl Stands at the Door by Rachel Devlin audiobook

A Girl Stands at the Door: The Generation of Young Women Who Desegregated America's Schools

By Rachel Devlin
Read by Robin Miles

Basic Books, Hachette Book Group 9781541697331
12.31 Hours Unabridged
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A new history of school desegregation in America, revealing how girls and women led the fight for interracial education. The struggle to desegregate America’s schools was a grassroots movement, and young women were its vanguard. In the late 1940s, parents began to file desegregation lawsuits with their daughters, forcing Thurgood Marshall and other civil rights lawyers to take up the issue and bring it to the Supreme Court. After the Brown v. Board of Education ruling, girls far outnumbered boys in volunteering to desegregate formerly all-white schools. In A Girl Stands at the Door, historian Rachel Devlin tells the remarkable stories of these desegregation pioneers. She also explains why black girls were seen, and saw themselves, as responsible for the difficult work of reaching across the color line in public schools. Highlighting the extraordinary bravery of young black women, this bold revisionist account illuminates today’s ongoing struggles for equality.

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Summary

Summary

A new history of school desegregation in America, revealing how girls and women led the fight for interracial education.

The struggle to desegregate America’s schools was a grassroots movement, and young women were its vanguard. In the late 1940s, parents began to file desegregation lawsuits with their daughters, forcing Thurgood Marshall and other civil rights lawyers to take up the issue and bring it to the Supreme Court. After the Brown v. Board of Education ruling, girls far outnumbered boys in volunteering to desegregate formerly all-white schools.

In A Girl Stands at the Door, historian Rachel Devlin tells the remarkable stories of these desegregation pioneers. She also explains why black girls were seen, and saw themselves, as responsible for the difficult work of reaching across the color line in public schools. Highlighting the extraordinary bravery of young black women, this bold revisionist account illuminates today’s ongoing struggles for equality.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Revelatory…Devlin reminds us that the task of publicly and constitutionally challenging racial discrimination in education was laid on the bodies of black girls. This is a reality with which America has yet to reckon.” New York Times Book Review
“Devlin paints compelling portraits of largely unknown desegregation pioneers…Her interviews with the many ‘firsts’…are riveting, inspiring and dispiriting.” Ms. magazine
"[A] groundbreaking new work of recovered history…Devlin, a Rutgers University historian, spent ten years tracking down and interviewing dozens of women who endured harassment and abuse to desegregate schools, whether or not their lawsuits prevailed.” Smithsonian
“In her sweeping analysis…Devlin makes it clear what was at stake for these girls and why we must continue to remember their sacrifices.” Bitch magazine
“Robin Miles narrates this history of the desegregation of education in America…Miles’s portrayal of Lucille Bluford illustrates her persistence and dedication as she applied eleven times to the graduate journalism program at the University of Missouri and then sued them, only to be told that black students were restricted to a separate school that had no journalism program. Miles portrays the conviction of many of the girls who were plaintiffs in the landmark Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education—as well as some of the plaintiffs whose cases preceded, and were overturned by, Brown. Miles adopts an easy, conversational manner, making this scholarly work accessible.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Rachel Devlin

Author Bio: Rachel Devlin

Rachel Devlin is an associate professor of history at Rutgers University.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 12.31
Audience: Adult
Language: English