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Creating the Suburban School Advantage: Race, Localism, and Inequality in an American Metropolis

John L. Rury


This book explains how American suburban school districts gained a competitive edge over their urban counterparts. It focuses on the period between 1950 and 1980, and presents a detailed study of metropolitan Kansas City, a region representative of trends elsewhere. While big-city districts once were widely seen as superior and attracted families seeking the best educational opportunities for their children, suburban school systems grew rapidly in the post-World War II era as middle-class and more affluent families moved to those communities. At the same time, economically dislocated African A ... More

Keywords: suburban school districts, American suburban schools, Kansas City, African Americans, urban–suburban divide, localism, metropolitan educational hierarchy, educational inequality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781501748394
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501748394.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John L. Rury, author
University of Kansas