The 1957 Desegregation Crisis at Little Rock Central High

The 1957 Desegregation Crisis at Little Rock Central High

Betsy Jacoway

2.14.2007

Betsy Jacoway

Elizabeth Jacoway, an internationally known scholar of southern history and race relations, is the author or editor of six books and 17 articles including her latest book, “Turn Away Thy Son: Little Rock, the Crisis that Shocked a Nation,” about the 1957 desegregation crisis at Little Rock Central High School.” Jacoway has served several times as a review panelist for the National Endowment for the Humanities, and she has reviewed manuscripts for many academic presses and scholarly journals.

Author Elizabeth Jacoway discusses her book “Turn Away Thy Son: Little Rock, the Crisis that Shocked a Nation,” about the 1957 desegregation crisis at Little Rock Central High School. A southern history scholar, Jacoway offers her analysis of the crisis and the key players involved, including the Little Rock Nine, Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus, Arkansas Gazette editor Harry Ashmore, school superintendent and Jacoway’s own uncle Virgil Blossom and local NAACP leader Daisy Bates, among others. Ultimately, Jacoway seeks to answer why school desegregation was the hottest of hot-button issues in the Jim Crow South.