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Faculty member authors book on integration of University of Texas

A faculty member in the Austin Peay State University Department of Languages and Literature has written a scholarly book about the integration of the University of Texas, Austin.

Written by Dr. Dwonna Goldstone, associate professor of English, the book, titled Integrating the 40 Acres: The 50-Year Struggle for Racial Equality at the University of Texas, was published and released in August 2006 by the University of Georgia Press.
A faculty member in the Austin Peay State University Department of Languages and Literature has written a scholarly book about the integration of the University of Texas, Austin.

Written by Dr. Dwonna Goldstone, associate professor of English, the book, titled “Integrating the 40 Acres: The 50-Year Struggle for Racial Equality at the University of Texas,” was published and released in August 2006 by the University of Georgia Press.

Goldstone earned her doctorate in American civilization from the University of Texas at Austin. Her bachelor's is from the University of Iowa and her master's, from Brown University.

For this first full-length history of the University of Texas' desegregation, Goldstone drew on oral histories, university documents and newspaper accounts to outline how the university moved from open discrimination to foot-dragging acceptance to mixed successes in integrating athletics, classrooms, dormitories, extracurricular activities and student recruitment.

An excerpt from publicity by the University of Georgia Press says, “This instructive story of power, race, money and politics remains relevant to the modern university and the continuing questions about what it means to be integrated.”

In his critique of the book, Robert A. Pratt, author of “We Shall Not Be Moved: The Desegregation of the University of Georgia,” said, “Dwonna Goldstone's comprehensive examination of the history of racial segregation at the University of Texas at Austin fills a void that has existed in desegregation studies at southern universities …

“Well researched and carefully written, this book will be an important addition to the literature on the subject.”

For more information about the book, contact Goldstone by telephone at (931) 221-7886 or by e-mail at goldstoned@apsu.edu. — Dennie B. Burke