Review by Choice Review
The US is now well into the golden anniversary of the civil rights movement. Reaching this milestone has generated new scholarship that investigates, contextualizes, and analyzes the relevant historic events. Among the topics receiving renewed scholarly interest is the desegregation of Little Rock (Arkansas) Central High School. Notable recent contributions include Understanding the Little Rock Crisis: An Exercise in Remembrance and Reconciliation (CH, Jun'00, 37-5958), edited by Elizabeth Jacoway and C. Fred Williams; Turn Away Thy Son: Little Rock, the Crisis that Shocked the Nation (2007), by Elizabeth Jacoway; and a collection of new and reprinted articles that appeared in the Summer 2007 issue (66:2) of the Arkansas Historical Quarterly. Anderson's thoroughly researched and well-written Little Rock joins that distinguished list. The author (Univ. of Arizona) applies class and gender perspectives to enhance understanding of the roles women played in the crisis, especially the Mothers' League of Central High School and the Women's Emergency Committee to Open Our Schools. Anderson's book belongs in every college, university, and public library. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. B. M. Banta Arkansas State University
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