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Oral History Interview with Elizabeth Brown, June 17, 2005. Interview U-0019. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007).
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  • Abstract
    Elizabeth Brown, a white teacher who taught at John Carroll High School in Birmingham, Alabama, describes desegregation and its legacies in her city. While Brooks offers few details of the desegregation process, and remembers the racism of some white students, she recalls a relatively smooth transition at her high school. Despite the success of desegregation, she worries that prejudice endures, whether in the form of classism, sexism, or homophobia.
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  • Regional differences in opinion on desegregation
  • White students resist desegregation and the politicians who oversee it
  • Black athletes ease desegregation
  • Segregation damages southern economies
  • Reflections on the benefits of diversity
  • Birmingham's ethnic diversity eases integration
  • Benefit of an integrated environment
  • Class discrimination among black students
  • Segregation persists, but may be eroding
  • Segregation is "just dumb"
  • Fading memory of segregation
  • Being a woman helps one understand discrimination
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  • Subjects
  • School integration--Alabama
  • Teachers--Alabama--Birmingham.
  • Catholic schools--Alabama--Birmingham.
  • Catholic schools--Alabama--History--20th century.
  • Civil rights movements.
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