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Jacoway, Elizabeth 1944-

Works: 14 works in 25 publications in 1 language and 3,246 library holdings
Genres: History  Documentary films  Pictorial works  Finding aids  Interviews  Oral histories 
Roles: Author, Interviewer, Editor
Classifications: LC214.23.L56, 379.2630976773
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Most widely held works about Elizabeth Jacoway
Most widely held works by Elizabeth Jacoway
Turn away thy son : Little Rock, the crisis that shocked the nation by Elizabeth Jacoway( Book )

5 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and held by 1,286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In September 1957, the nation was transfixed by nine black students attempting to integrate Central High School in Little Rock in the wake of the Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education decision. Governor Orval Faubus had defied the city's integration plan by calling out the Arkansas National Guard to prevent the students from entering the school. Newspapers across the nation ran front-page photographs of whites, both students and parents, screaming epithets at the quiet, well-dressed black children. President Eisenhower reluctantly deployed troops from the 101st Air-borne, both outside and inside the school. Integration proceeded, but the turmoil of Little Rock had only just begun. Public schools were soon shut down for a full year. Black students endured outrageous provocation by white classmates. Governor Faubus's popularity skyrocketed, while the landmark case Cooper v. Aaron worked its way to the Supreme Court and eventually paved the way for the integration of the south. Betsy Jacoway was a Little Rock student just two years younger than the youngest of the Little Rock Nine. Her "Uncle Virgil" was Superintendent of Schools Virgil Blossom. Congressman Brooks Hays was an old family friend, and her "Uncle Dick" was Richard Butler, the lawyer who argued Cooper v. Aaron before the Supreme Court. Yet, at the time, she was cocooned away from the controversy in a protective shell that was typical for white southern "good girls." Only in graduate school did she begin to question the foundations of her native world, and her own distance from the controversy. Turn Away Thy Son is the product of thirty years of digging behind the conventional account of the crisis, interviewing whites and blacks, officials and students, activists and ordinary citizens. A tour de force of history and memory, it is also a brilliant, multifaceted mirror to hold up to America today. She knows what happened to the brave black students once they got inside the doors of the school. She knows how the whites' fear of "race mixing" drove many locals to extremes of anger, paranoia, and even violence. She knows that Orval Faubus was only a reluctant segregationist, and that her own cousin's timid tokenism precipitated the crisis. Above all, Turn Away Thy Son shows in vivid detail why school desegregation was the hottest of hot-button issues in the Jim Crow south. In the deepest recesses of the southern psyche, Jacoway encounters the fear of giving black men sexual access to white women. The truth about Little Rock differs in many ways from the caricature that emerged in the press and in many histories -- but those differences pale in comparison to the fundamental driving force behind the story. Turn Away Thy Son is a riveting, heartbreaking, eye-opening book
Southern businessmen and desegregation( Book )

2 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 618 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Understanding the Little Rock crisis : an exercise in remembrance and reconciliation( Book )

4 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 506 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the fall of 1957, Gov. Orval Faubus used the Arkansas National Guard to prohibit nine black children from entering Little Rock's Central High School. Forty years later, in the fall of 1997, the "Little Rock Nine" returned to Central High, this time escorted by President Bill Clinton. In the years that had intervened, the United States had witnessed substantial changes in American race relations, but the city of Little Rock had not overcome its legacy of strife. The two-year crisis left behind confusion and misunderstanding. Racial and class-based mistrust lingers in the city of Little Rock, and, nationally and internationally, perceptions of Arkansas are still tied to the decades-old images of hatred and strife that marked the Little Rock crisis."--BOOK JACKET. "In 1997, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock sponsored a gathering of scholars who traced the origins and addressed the legacy of the Central High crisis. Elizabeth Jacoway and C. Fred Williams commissioned a series of original papers that discussed economic, constitutional, historical, and personal aspects of the crisis and of segregation. Jacoway and Williams have collected the best of these papers, by such authors as Sheldon Hackney, Joel Williamson, and James Cobb and offer them here in the hope of enhancing understanding of, and creating a dialogue about, this defining moment in American history."--Jacket
Yankee missionaries in the South : the Penn School experiment by Elizabeth Jacoway( Book )

3 editions published between 1979 and 1980 in English and held by 434 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Adaptable South : essays in honor of George Brown Tindall( Book )

2 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 284 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Behold, our works were good : a handbook of Arkansas women's history( Book )

1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The lost year : the untold story of the year following the crisis at Central High School( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The school year following the 1957 "Crisis at Central High" is the untold story of the Little Rock Desegregation Crisis. In the fall of 1958, all four high schools in Little Rock were closed to avoid integration again. More than 3,600 black and white students were locked out of their public schools for the entire year. Strangely, the football programs continued. Film by Lost Year classmate, Sandra Hubbard, and Dr. Sondra Gordy, Dept. of History, University of Central Arkansas and co-producer, the Lost Year Project
Newport and Jackson County by Tim Watson( Book )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jim Johnson of Arkansas : segregationist prototype by Elizabeth Jacoway( )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Elizabeth Jacoway oral history interviews( )

1 edition published in 1976 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The collection consists of copies of the transcriptions of interviews Elizabeth Jacoway conducted with Daisy Gatson Bates and Vivion Lenon Brewer, two leaders of the effort to desegregate Central High School. Elizabeth Jacoway was a co-editor of Understanding the Little Rock Crisis: an exercise in remembrance and reconciliation. Fayetteville, Ark.: University of Arkansas Press, 1999, and a scholar of the Little Rock desegregation crisis. The transcripts were copied from the Southern Historical Collection, the Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and were given to the University of Arkansas Libraries by Ms. Jacoway. Users of the material should refer to the Southern Historical Collection in their citations
Oral history interview with Daisy Bates, October 11, 1976 : interview G-0009. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) by Daisy Bates( )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Daisy Bates, noted journalist and civil rights activist, shares her experiences with civil rights activism and school desegregation in Little Rock, Arkansas. This interview offers some insights into the nature of civil rights organizing and the personal courage and determination of civil rights workers
Oral history interview with Vivion Lenon Brewer, October 15, 1976 : interview G-0012, Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) by Vivion Lenon Brewer( )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vivion Lenon Brewer grew up in an affluent white family, unaware of the plight of blacks in Little Rock, Arkansas. During her later tenure in Washington, D.C., she became very ill. While recovering, she drew close to a fellow employee--a black woman from whom she gained new insights about the destructive impact of racism and segregation in the United States. When she moved back to Arkansas, Brewer sought to reduce the poverty and illiteracy that plagued blacks in the South. In 1957, Governor Orval Faubus chose to close Little Rock public schools rather than integrate them. Brewer, along with several other prominent local women, including Adolphine Terry and Velma Powell, organized the Women's Emergency Committee to Open Our Schools (WEC). The group initially proposed a mission to alleviate racial tensions between blacks and whites. However, in order to garner the support of other prominent and forceful local Arkansas women, the WEC founders reconfigured the original mission to one centered on reopening the public schools. The women, unlike men, were unharmed by the Faubus machine's economic intimidation tactics; they were able to engage in effective and dedicated strategies to open the public schools. While the WEC experienced remarkable success, Brewer does recall some difficult realities the group had to address. She explains the purposeful omission of black women from the Committee, in order to permit the WEC activists and the larger white community to gradually accept racial integration. Many frustrated white segregationists viewed WEC members as disregarding their racial heritage. Brewer describes the palpable fear the women activists regularly felt. After the WEC disbanded in the early 1960s, Brewer continued her activism by organizing educational programs for black children in the low-income Scott community of Little Rock. She concludes the interview with an assessment of contemporary race relations in Little Rock
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Turn away thy son : Little Rock, the crisis that shocked the nation
Alternative Names
Jacoway Watson, Betsy, 1944-

Watson, Betsy Jacoway, 1944-

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Understanding the Little Rock crisis : an exercise in remembrance and reconciliation