In 1970 Brown v. Board of Education was sixteen years old, and fifteen years had passed since the Brown II mandate that schools integrate "with all deliberate speed." Still, after all this time, it was necessary for the U.S. Supreme Court to order thirty Mississippi school districts--whose speed had been anything but deliberate--to integrate immediately. One of these distrIn 1970 Brown v. Board of Education was sixteen years old, and fifteen years had passed since the Brown II mandate that schools integrate "with all deliberate speed." Still, after all this time, it was necessary for the U.S. Supreme Court to order thirty Mississippi school districts--whose speed had been anything but deliberate--to integrate immediately. One of these districts included Yazoo City, the hometown of writer Willie Morris. Installed productively on "safe, sane Manhattan Island," Morris, though compelled to write about this pivotal moment, was reluctant to return to Yazoo and do no less than serve as cultural ambassador between the flawed Mississippi that he loved and a wider world. "I did not want to go back," Morris wrote. "I finally went home because the urge to be there during Yazoo's most critical moment was too elemental to resist, and because I would have been ashamed of myself if I had not."The result, Yazoo, is part reportage, part memoir, part ethnography, part social critique--and one of the richest accounts we have of a community's attempt to come to terms with the realities of seismic social change. As infinitely readable and nuanced as ever, Yazoo is available again, enhanced by an informative foreword by historian Jenifer Jensen Wallach and a warm and personal afterword on Morris's writing life by his widow, JoAnne Prichard Morris....
|Title||:||Yazoo: Integration in a Deep-Southern Town|
|Number of Pages||:||192 Pages|
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Yazoo: Integration in a Deep-Southern Town Reviews
Reading this book 40 years after it was written gives a very different view on the book. The book is about the integration of the schools in Yazoo City, Mississippi in 1971. The writer is what would now be called a liberal and is hopeful that his home town will set an example for the rest of the country and integrate peacefully and keep the public schools an integral part of community life. It is also a story of growing up and living in the South and how it is different from other parts of the country. It is extremely well written and as a native southerner, I understand the complexities of life there and how the Civil Rights movement affected everyone. This book does a very good job of trying to explain the changes made and how and why they affected society.
Topic and location of great interest to me. Narrative seemed disjointed. The best parts were the personal ruminations.