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St. Louis School Desegregation

Patterns of Progress and Peril


Part of the Historical Studies in Education book series (HSE)

Table of contents

About this book


This book examines the history of the school desegregation movement in St. Louis, Missouri. Underlining the 2014 killing of Michael Brown as a catalyst for re-examination of school desegregation, Rias delves into the connection between contemporary school segregation and social justice, probing the ways that “soft racism”—a term the author uses to describe the non-violent, yet equally harmful, types of protests that opponents of desegregation utilized—has permeated St. Louis since the days of Brown v. Board of Education. The chapters feature the voices of those who were central to the desegregation fight in St. Louis, showing how the devastating effects of school segregation and soft racism linger today.


Liddell v. Board of Education school desegregation Michael Brown St. Louis African American Education School History

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Bridgewater CollegeBridgewater, VAUSA

About the authors

Hope C. Rias is Assistant Professor of Education at Bridgewater College, USA. Her research and teaching interests include the development of anti-racist curricula and training pre-service teachers to use culturally relevant pedagogy.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title St. Louis School Desegregation
  • Book Subtitle Patterns of Progress and Peril
  • Authors Hope C. Rias
  • Series Title Historical Studies in Education
  • Series Abbreviated Title Historical Studies in Education
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-04247-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-04248-6
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 170
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History of Education
    Sociology of Education
    Sociology of Racism
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