Hope and Despair in the American City

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  • Copyright: 2011-03-04
  • Publisher: Harvard Univ Pr
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In 1972, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a 54 verdict in the case of Milliken v. Bradley, thereby blocking the state of Michigan from merging the Detroit public school system with those of the surrounding suburbs. This decision effectively walled off underprivileged students in many American cities, condemning them to a system of racial and class segregation and destroying their chances of obtaining a decent education.In Hope and Despair, Gerald Grant compares two cities-his hometown of Syracuse, New York, and Raleigh, North Carolina-in order to examine the consequences of the nationrs"s ongoing educational inequities. The school system in Syracuse is a slough of despair, the one in Raleigh a beacon of hope. Grant argues that the chief reason for Raleighrs"s educational success is the integration by social class that occurred when the city voluntarily merged with the surrounding suburbs in 1976 to create the Wake County Public School System. By contrast, the primary cause of Syracusers"s decline has been the growing class and racial segregation of its metropolitan schools, which has left the city mired in poverty.Hope and Despair is a compelling study of urban social policy that combines field research and historical narrative in lucid and engaging prose. The result is an ambitious portrait-sometimes disturbing, often inspiring-of two cities that exemplify our nationrs"s greatest educational challenges, as well as a passionate exploration of the potential for school reform that exists for our urban schools today.

Author Biography

Gerald Grant is the Hannah Hammond Professor of Education and Sociology, Emeritus, at Syracuse University.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
What Happened to America's Cities?p. 8
Can This Neighborhood Be Saved?p. 36
Three Reconstructions of Raleighp. 68
There Are No Bad Schools in Raleighp. 91
A Tragic Decisionp. 134
What Should We Hope For?p. 157
Epiloguep. 186
Postscriptp. 192
Notesp. 197
Acknowledgmentsp. 215
Indexp. 221
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