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From Canterbury to Little Rock--
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By looking at From Canterbury to Little Rock, students can more easily understand the enormity of the struggle involved in securing equal educational opportunities for African Americans. Those interested in learning more will find that the Internet offers a variety of materials.

National Park Service
Central High School National Historic Site is a unit of the National Park System. The park's Web page provides general information on the events that occurred at the school in the late 1950s.

Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site is a unit of the National Park System. The site is located at Monroe Elementary School in Topeka, Kansas. Monroe was the segregated school attended by the lead plaintiff's daughter, Linda Brown, when Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka was initially filed in 1951. The park's Web page provides information on the park's establishment as well as directions and hours of operation.

The National Register of Historic Places' on-line travel itinerary, We Shall Overcome: Historic Places of the Civil Rights Movement provides information on 49 places (in 21 states) listed in the National Register for their association with the modern civil rights movement.

The National Register of Historic Places online itinerary Places Reflecting America’s Diverse Cultures highlights the historic places and stories of America’s diverse cultural heritage.  This itinerary seeks to share the contributions various peoples have made in creating American culture and history.

Racial Desegregation in Public Education in the U.S.
In 1998, Congress authorized the National Park Service to prepare a National Historic Landmarks Theme Study on the history of racial desegregation in public education. The purpose of the study is to identify historic places that best exemplify and illustrate the historical movement to provide for a racially nondiscriminatory education. This movement is defined and shaped by constitutional law that first authorized public school segregation and later authorized desegregation. Properties identified in this theme study are associated with events that both led to and followed these judicial decisions.

Library of Congress
The African-American Mosaic: A Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of Black History and Culture offers a collection of materials and essays on the topics of colonization and abolition.

Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute
The Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute is an educational partnership between Yale University and the New Haven Public Schools designed to strengthen teaching and learning in schools. The Web site features curricular resources produced by teachers participating in Institute seminars, including "Slavery in Connecticut 1640-1848" and "From Plessy v. Ferguson to Brown v. Board of Education: The Supreme Court Rules on School Desegregation."

Little Rock Central High School
The Central High Museum and Visitor Center Web site includes profiles of each member of the Little Rock Nine, a timeline of events significant in the school's history, a photo gallery, and visitor information. Also included on the website is extensive information on Little Rock Central High, including the history of the building, a chronology of events during the 1957-58 school year, and the 1997 celebration of the 40th anniversary of integration at the school.

The Eisenhower Library and Museum
The Eisenhower Library and Museum manuscript collections contain many documents related to the Little Rock School Integration Crisis. Visit the library's web pages for documentation on the exchanges between the president and Governor Faubus.

PBS: The American Experience--Stand Up for Your Rights
The American Experience Way Back: U.S. History for Kids explores different aspects of U.S. History, including School Desegregation. Click on "Buzz" for an exclusive interview with Little Rock Nine member, Melba Pattillo Beals who describes her experience at Central High. Also visit the School Desegregation feature for a brief history of the Little Rock Nine at Central High.

For Further Reading
Students and teachers interested in learning more about the the Civil Rights movement might want to look at the following books. Warriors Don't Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals (New York: Washington Square Press, 1994) is a powerful autobiographical account of the 1957 integration of Central High from a one of the Little Rock Nine students. Parting the Waters by Taylor Branch (New York: Simon & Schuster, Inc., 1988) is an award-winning biography of Martin Luther King Jr., a history of the civil rights movement, and a portrait of an era. Weary Feet, Rested Souls, by Townsend Davis (New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1998)is a comprehensive guidebook to the battlegrounds and back roads of the civil rights movement in the deep South.


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