Pride and Prejudice: School Desegregation and Urban Renewal in Norfolk, 1950-1959

By Forrest R. White | Go to book overview

Prologue:
Norfolk Before 1950

Four sailors with a barmaid in tow steamed out into Granby Street and launched into a chorus of Roll Out The Barrel." A single car cut out of traffic and pulled to the curb, jubilantly sounding its horn over their slurred rendition of the chorus. This mild commotion on an otherwise still August afternoon stirred onlookers from their shaded refuge in the shops and storefronts that lined the street; a few quick words were exchanged, and the news flashed through the gathering crowd. Other cars began sounding their horns in salute, and soon a blaring procession of automobiles was inching its way past the swelling throng. The taverns along Beer Barrel Row began closing their doors as patrons rushed to join the melee in the street. The Roll-Out-the-Barrel boys had by now picked up a chorus line of converts that was snake-dancing arm in arm through the stalled traffic. Streamers of toilet paper drifted down from the offices above, the opening salvos in a furious fusillade of impromptu confetti that belied the constraints of wartime rationing. The merrymakers dancing in the streets below were the precursors of one of the most raucous, brawling, celebrations in Norfolk's history. The day was Tuesday, August 14, 1945--V-J Day--and the radio had just signaled the end of World

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Figures vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction xi
  • Prologue: Norfolk Before 1950 xix
  • 1- Planning the New Norfolk xxvii
  • 2- Premonitions of Crisis 35
  • 3- First Reactions to Brown 57
  • 4- The Bulldozer Era 85
  • 5- Redevelopment Rationales 121
  • 6- Prelude to Confrontation 151
  • 7- In Pursuit of a Mandate 175
  • 8- A Very Massive Resister 199
  • 9- A Second School Crisis 231
  • 10- Conclusion 245
  • Abbreviations 301
  • Glossary 303
  • Bibliography 309
  • Index 337
  • About the Author 345
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