Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)

Program

History

Date of Award

12-2012

Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Elwood D. Watson

Committee Members

J. David Briley, Emmett M. Essin III

Abstract

In the fall of 1956 Clinton High School in Clinton, Tennessee became the first public school in the south to desegregate. This paper examines how the quiet southern town handled the difficult task of forced integration while maintaining a commitment to the preservation of law and order. As the strength of a community was being tested, ordinary citizens in extraordinary circumstances met the challenges of integration with exceptional courage.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Copyright

Copyright by the authors.

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