Today in History: Violence over School Busing in Boston

| September 12, 2017

170911_News_219x365On September 12, 1974, violence erupted in Boston over racial busing. Angry white protestors hurled eggs, bricks, bottles, and other objects at buses carrying Afro-American children to recently de-segregated schools, following a court ruling in Morgan v. Hennigan, a class action lawsuit against the Boston School Committee on behalf of fourteen black parents and forty-four children. Although the National Guard intervened in October, unrest continued for many months — forcing many parents to keep their kids safe at home.

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Eaton, Susan E. The Other Boston Busing Story: What’s Won and Lost across the Boundary Line. New Haven [Conn.] ; London : Yale University Press, c2001.
Stacks LC214.523.B67 E38 2001.

Formisano, Ronald P. Boston against Busing: Race, Class, and Ethnicity in the 1960s and 1970s. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, c1991
Reserve LC214.523.B67 F67 1991

Chislett, Howard John. Nothing Will Stop Us: The Climax of Racial Segregation in the Boston Public Schools, 1963-1974. Teachers College, 1979.
Dissertation LC212.523.B67 C45 1979

Delmont, Matthew F. Why Busing Failed: Race, Media, and the National Resistance to School Desegregation. Oakland, California: University of California Press, 2016.

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