Created by graduate students in the History and American Studies departments at UMass Boston, this site showcases letters, photographs, legal documents, artifacts, and interviews that explore de facto segregation in Boston and the federally-mandated desegregation of Boston public schools. Students unearthed materials from various collections in separate Boston archives, selected a representative sampling, and presented them here, together, in new collaborative context.
Photograph of Mayor Kevin H. White playing pool with unidentified individuals, ca. 1971-1974
The paper of Congressman John Joseph Moakley are housed at the Moakley Archive and Institute, Suffolk University, Boston, Massachusetts.The sample of…
racial: ra·cial│\ˈrā-shəl\ │adj. (1862) 1: of, relating to, or based on a race 2: existing or occurring between races imbalance: im·bal·ance │\(ˌ)im-ˈba-lən(t)s\│n. (ca. 1890) lack of...
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A photograph of students and teachers in a Boston public school classroom.
Front page of the booklet depicting busing, police officers, and a child with a sign appealing for Congress to stop busing of students as a means of…
Ruth M. Batson (nee Watson) with her mother, Cassie Watson, at Norumbega Park, 1930.
The list of members of the Task Force on Racial Imbalance responsible for writing the Short Term Plan on Racial Imbalance in Boston Public Schools.
Revised maps from the plan.
A political cartoon picturing the Supreme Court decision in the case Brown v. Board of Education.