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A compelling insider's account of the fight for educational desegregation, from one of its most dedicated and outspoken heroes. A new afterword explains the author's controversial belief that the moment for litigating educational equality has passed, clear-sightedly critiquing his own courtroom strategies and the courts' responses, before closing with an assessment of the economic and social changes that he feels have already moved us "beyond busing."
"Dimond reminds the liberal reader of the promise that lies in the empowerment of ordinary families to choose their own schools."
—John E. Coons, Professor of Law, Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley
"A fascinating first-hand account of 1970s northern school desegregation decisions."
—Neal E. Devins, American Bar Foundation Research Journal
I. To Speak against Segregation
II. "Our Troubled Times Demand Such Sacrifices": The Detroit School Case, 1970-74
Chapter 2. The NAACP Challenge to Segregation 21
Chapter 3. The Trial of Judge Roth, April to September, 1971 41
Chapter 4. Metropolitan Conversion in the Lower Courts, October, 1971, to June, 1973 74
Chapter 5. The Detroit Case in the Supreme Court, June, 1973, to July, 1974 97
III. "Avoiding an Education": The First Round in the Dayton School Case, July, 1972, to June, 1977
Chapter 6. The Trial of Judge Rubin, July, 1972, to December, 1972 121
Chapter 7. The Skirmishes between the Sixth Circuit and Judge Rubin, January, 1973, to September, 1976 147
Chapter 8. The Supreme Court Sounds Retreat, December, 1976, to June, 1977 165
IV. Standing and Waiting: The Floundering of the Legal Challenges to Housing Segregation in the 1970s
Chapter 9. Open Housing, Closed Court, 1970-79 183
Chapter 10. Waiting for Gautreaux: The Chicago Public Housing Case, 1950-1979 205
V. The Lower Courts Answer the Supreme Court's Call to Retreat, 1976-78
Chapter 11. Judge Duncan's Trial of the Columbus School Case, April, 1976, to October, 1977 229
Chapter 12. The Sixth Circuit on Trial: The Columbus and Dayton School Cases on Appeal, June, 1977, to July, 1978 258
VI. Reprise and Preview: The Wilmington School Case, 1971-78
Chapter 13. Trial by Three Judges, 1971-75 283
Chapter 14. The Interdistrict Remedy, 1976-78 309
VII. The Supreme Court and the School Desegregation Cases, 1978-80
Chapter 15. The Briefs and Arguments in the Supreme Court 343
Chapter 16. The Decisions from the Supreme Court, 1979-80 375
Selected Bibliography 417
Table of Principal Cases 421