The Integrated Schools Podcast

Busing: The Terms of the Debate (BONUS)

Episode Summary

We're joined by Dr. Matt Delmont who literally wrote the book on busing. We talk about the centering of white feelings that happened in the north, as the terms for debating desegregation were set.

Episode Notes

We're joined by Matt Delmont. He's the Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor of History at Dartmouth College, and he wrote the book on busing - 2016's Why Busing Failed: Race, Media, and the National Resistance to School Desegregation. Given the prominence "busing" has had in discussions about school desegregation, particularly in light of the exchange between Kamala Harris and Joe Biden at a recent democratic presidential primary debate, we thought we'd take a break from taking a break, and talk about "busing".

-Why Busing Failed: Race, Media, and the National Resistance to School Desegregation - Dr. Delmont's 2016 book on desegregation
-There's a Generational Shift in the Debate Over Busing - Dr. Delmont in The Atlantic
-How Desegregation Became the Third Rail of Democratic Politics - Dr. Delmont and Jeanne Theoharis in the Washington Post
-It Was Never About Busing - Nikole Hannah-Jones from the NY Times

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The Integrated Schools Podcast is produced by Courtney Mykytyn and Andrew Lefkowits. Audio editing and mixing by Andrew Lefkowits. Music by Kevin Casey.