The end of library segregation

R.B. Harrison Library Bookmobile, 1950

This presentation will use two case studies—the peculiar desegregation of the Danville (Va.) Public Library and Brown v. Louisiana (1966), a Supreme Court case involving a color-coded bookmobile program—to explore how the explicit racism of library segregation was, in the 1960s, transformed into an obsession with ordering public space.

“A Place Dedicated to Quiet”: The End of Library Segregation and the Reordering of Public Space was presented by Derek Attig, a PhD candidate in History at UIUC.

A version of this paper was awarded the 2011-12 IPRH Humanities Prize. Listen to the audio file of the presentation. The accompanying slides are posted here.


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