The end of library segregation

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.

R.B. Harrison Library Bookmobile
R.B. Harrison Library Bookmobile

“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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