This case study can either build on other case studies in this unit 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 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 this lesson is to provide students a more complex and complicated account of the legacy of segregation in one Northern city.
Note to Educators: One of the resources contains an offensive racial slur.