A New Book On Recent Virginia History

Without trying to upset anyone, I can report that the dreaded left-leaning NYT has a book review that may interest some readers of this site. “Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County” is reviewed in Sunday’s book review. The book,by Richmond resident Kristen Green is the story of how and why Prince Edward closed its public schools rather than integrate them in the wake of the Brown decision.

— Les Schreiber

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7 responses to “A New Book On Recent Virginia History

  1. She needed a whole book? Isn’t the answer obvious?

    States rights!

    Wait, Prince Edward isn’t a state?

    Uhmm, then…the most local form of government is the only legitimate government and localities can keep Black students with their inferior culture that they derived while living in the locality away from the white students and their superior culture that they derived while living in the same locality because property taxes.

  2. Thanks Les.. and less anyone think this is ancient history (1959) – there are generational families – living today – that were denied an education – that grew up without the same opportunities others had to better themselves and rise up above their roots and as a result suffered economic harm – to the generational family.

    There are, no doubt, children in school today – whose grandparents were those so harmed and that harm inflicted economy damage on them in terms of their ability to provide for their own kids – including helping them to get a better education if all they could afford was a home in a poor neighborhood.

    what would be interesting would be to look at schools in poor neighborhoods and compare them on that basis to schools that are not in poor neighborhoods – not only in terms of academic performance, but resources expended, and the experience levels of the teachers.

  3. I watched Sons of Liberty again last night – and was struck with serious irony at the point in the movie where Washington read from the Declaration of Independence:

    ” We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,”

    not so good for the blacks…

  4. I hear the author grew up there which would give the book credibility. I look forward to reading it.

    Interesting how the very same Prince Edward County and Farmville are both profiting from a for-profit, private jail for undocumented immigrants.

    Maybe we should trot out the Declaration of Independence again!

  5. You who are sure you know the answer to these questions: I recommend you read “The Hairstons” , about what happened to a plantation family with plantations along the Virginia-Carolina border after the end of the civil war. One part of the family was white, living alongside the other part of the family which was black. One side was pronounced “hare-stun”, the other side “har-stun”. In short, after the war, the black side of the family prospered, while the white side went into the crapper. Pop quiz: Why did the black side of the family prosper?

  6. Kristen Green’s book was also reviewed in Sunday’s Post. But the piece appearing next to it (in the print edition) by James W. Loewen, was far more provocative and IMO rings true. Certainly blog worthy…

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