Thursday, January 8, 2015

The Dream Long Deferred

Now in its third printing, The Dream Long Deferred tells the fifty-year story of the landmark struggle for desegregation in Charlotte, N.C. In the early 1970s, Charlotte’s public school system became the national test case for busing, and after a turbulent beginning, the community quietly emerged as a model for making desegregation work. But in the 1990s, a new wave of conservative leadership pushed for the re-segregation of schools, creating once again a sense of uncertainty and upheaval. Having covered this story as a journalist, Gaillard steps back and recounts the journey of one community in confronting the legacy of racial segregation.

“Gaillard offers thorough research, perceptiveness, balance, and an engaging style that leaves room for one’s own conclusions… A compelling account.”
New York Times Book Review

“… superb … one of the best books written on integration in an American city.”
Peter Applebome, Dixie Rising