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.

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Letter from a Third Grade Student to Mayor Kevin H. White

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The issue of school desegregation attracted a lot of attention and concern. Third grade students from the Miller School in Holliston, MA, sent…

Letter from Student in Standish, Maine, to Mayor Kevin H. White.

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When the desegregation of Boston Public Schools made national headlines students across the country sent letters to Mayor Kevin White giving advice,…

Letter from Student in Topeka, Kansas to Mayor Kevin H. White

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When the desegregation of Boston Public Schools made national headlines, students across the country sent letters to Mayor Kevin White giving advice,…

Letter from Student to Judge W. Arthur Garrity (4)

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Students from advanced fourth and fifth grade classes at the M.J. Tobin School in Roxbury shared their concerns about busing. They were afraid that…

Letter from Student to Judge W. Arthur Garrity (3)

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Students from advanced fourth and fifth grade classes at the M.J. Tobin School in Roxbury shared their concerns about busing. They were afraid that…

Letter from Student to Judge W. Arthur Garrity (2)

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Students from advanced fourth and fifth grade classes at the M.J. Tobin School in Roxbury shared their concerns about busing. They were afraid that…