Politics, Implementation, and Impact of the Atlanta Compromise

  • Nia D. BesterEmail author
  • Andrea D. Lewis


This chapter draws the reader’s attention to the politics, impact, and desegregation of the Atlanta Public Schools. The impact of the desegregation process on students, teachers, and the community is a focal point of this chapter. Furthermore, a critical analysis and reflection of the desegregation process is discussed.


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  1. 1.Spelman CollegeAtlantaUSA

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