Before schools in the southern U.S. were racially integrated, schools for African American students were staffed almost exclusively by African American teachers.

After the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, southern schools began to be desegregated, and this had a big effect on black teacher employment.

Economist Owen Thompson talks with Paul E. Peterson about his paper, “School Desegregation and Black Teacher Employment,” in which he estimates the percentage decline in black teacher employment in the south after desegregation.

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Last updated July 30, 2018