Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families - Chapter 17-18 Summary & Analysis

J. Anthony Lukas
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Chapter 17-18 Summary and Analysis

Billy McGoff is active in Project 76 at Charlestown High. It results in a class trip to Boston, England. The trip is cancelled at the beginning of senior year because a teacher responsible for holding the funds loses the money gambling. Since this fact is not publicized, the students believe the reason is busing.

When Bob Murphy becomes Headmasterof Charlestown High on October 24, 1975, he makes it clear to white students that they are not going to force the blacks outs. He will enforce the court order. Skirmishes between whites and blacks continue with boycotts by both sides. There are problems when blacks qualified for sports teams. Some of the white players quit.

Boston has planned many bicentennial activities, many of which have anti-busing demonstrations taking place. By the end of the year, the quality of education became the primary issue...

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