Degree Name

EdD (Doctor of Education)


Educational Leadership

Date of Award

May 1998


This study investigated the effects of integration on two black high schools and their communities in East Tennessee. The purpose of the study was to show how integration impacted these two communities both negatively and positively. The research method was qualitative and used the case study approach. Interviews of former students, teachers, and administrators of these two schools was a primary source of data collection. Further analysis of the data used the qualitative software package QSR NUD*IST 4.0. Data gained from the interviews, coupled with historical and current literature, as well as other published documents in relation to these two schools added further support to the results. Conclusions of the study suggest that integration played a role in the demise of these two black communities. However, it was not the sole contributing factor. Integration was simply the catalyst for inevitable change.

Document Type

Dissertation - unrestricted