A private history of school segregation in Georgia
Blair, Monica Kristin
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This thesis argues that segregation academies were founded in Georgia to provide upper class white families with white havens away from school integration. These schools were created in the late 1960s after white politicians in the state failed to deliver on their promise to preserved white supremacy. By the 1960s, it was politically and socially unacceptable for white citizens to publicly declare their dedication to segregation. Thus, white flight academies used coded rhetoric to hide their racial motivations from the public and the federal government. While many segregation academies now accept token numbers of minority students, their student bodies are still overwhelmingly white, and thus they continue to create racial and socioeconomic divisions within communities.