"Goldstone's comprehensive examination of the history of racial segregation at the University of Texas at Austin, fills a void that has existed in desegregation studies at southern universities. Her narrative is filled with insightful community portraits while also reflecting the external influences of the burgeoning civil rights movement. Well researched and carefully written, this book will be an important addition to the literature on the subject."
—Robert A. Pratt, author of We Shall Not Be Moved: The Desegregation of the University of Georgia
"Goldstone's Integrating the 40 Acres is excellent reading for anyone who is interested in the civil rights movement, race relations, ethnic studies, and discriminatory practices in higher education. Goldstone has done a superb job in researching the struggles and obstacles in the integration of African Americans into the University of Texas at Austin."
Goldstone's coverage ranges from the 1950 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the University of Texas School of Law had to admit Heman Sweatt, an African American, through the 1994 Hopwood v. Texas decision, which ended affirmative action in the state's public institutions of higher education. She draws on oral histories, university documents, and newspaper accounts to detail how the university moved from open discrimination to foot-dragging acceptance to mixed successes in the integration of athletics, classrooms, dormitories, extracurricular activities, and student recruitment. Goldstone incorporates not only the perspectives of university administrators, students, alumni, and donors, but also voices from all sides of the civil rights movement at the local and national level. This instructive story of power, race, money, and politics remains relevant to the modern university and the continuing question about what it means to be integrated.
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