With All Deliberate Speed : The Pearsall Plan and School Desegregation in North Carolina 1954-1966.

ECU Author/Contributor (non-ECU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Arthur Larentz Carlson (Creator)
East Carolina University (ECU )
Web Site: http://www.ecu.edu/lib/
Wade G. Dudley

Abstract: The decision of the United States Supreme Court in Brown v. the Board of Education legally ended the operation of segregated schools in the South. In North Carolina a series of legal challenges began under the Pupil Assignment Act and later the Pearsall Plan to delay the desegregation of the state's school systems. In an effort to avoid massive public demonstrations violence and the closing of public schools as a result of public outrage the Pearsall Plan transferred control of pupil assignments along with the power to request the closing of schools to local school boards. The decentralization of desegregation allowed communities to determine the level of social change comfortable to the majority of an area's residents. As a result no school in any of the over one-hundred independent school systems in North Carolina lost a single day of classes on account of civil disobedience. This thesis examines the background development and effect of the Pearsall Plan on North Carolina's educational political and social systems. It also outlines the factors that led North Carolina's leaders to deliberately embark down a path with one known ending: the declaration of the unconstitutionality of the Pearsall Plan. The decisions of these individuals and the outcome of their efforts comprise the focus of this thesis. 

Additional Information

Date: 2011
American history, North Carolina schools, Pearsall Plan, School Desegregation
School integration--North Carolina
North Carolina. General Assembly. Pupil Assignment Act
North Carolina. Governor's Special Advisory Committee on Education. Pearsall Plan

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