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A Line in the Sand: The Battle to Integrate the Nantucket Public Schools

SKU: 13936


Barbara Ann White examines the battle to integrate public schools on Nantucket in the 19th century. Thanks to petitions, town records, letters, and newspapers from the time, White is able to tell the story of how the island's black community and their allies fought for integration at Nantucket's public schools. The book also examines how Nantucketers were joined by prominent voices at the time, such as Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, and Stephen S. Foster.

By Barbara Ann White

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Product Weight: 1 pound
  • Publisher: Spinner Publications (2009)


"Impeccably researched and beautifully told, Barbara White's A Line in the Sand is an instant Nantucket classic. But it is also much more. As recounted by White, the integration of the Nantucket schools is the story of not only a remarkable island community in the mid-nineteenth century but of a nation struggling with many of the same issues of equality and race that concern us to this day." - Nathaniel Philbrick, author of Away Off Shore: Nantucket Island and Its People, 1602-1890