Resistance to School Desegregation
Case study two can either build on case study one or stand alone. It is broken up into two one-hour lessons that explore the resistance faced as the Brown v. Board of Education decision was implemented and public schools across the nation were desegregated. The case study focuses on the Boston busing crisis and draws on photographs, artifacts, court decisions, newspaper articles, and oral histories to build students’ understanding of historical context and perspective. The goal of the tasks in these lessons is to provide students a more complex and complicated account of the legacy of segregation in one Northern city.
Note to Educators: It would be helpful for students to have a basic understanding of the judicial branch and its function in U.S. government.