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Files of a Charlotte attorney and his firm, Chambers, Stein, Ferguson, and Lanning, relating to their representation of Darius and Vera Swann and other plaintiffs in the landmark case Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education, in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that federal courts were constitutionally authorized to exercise broad powers to oversee and produce solutions to achieve school integration, which could include using student quotas as a starting point, and developing new attendance zones and busing policies to achieve more racially balanced schools.


Includes pleadings prepared by Chambers and attorneys for the Board of Education at the District, Circuit, and Supreme Court levels; court rulings and opinions;
correspondence; clippings; research materials; statistics; desegregation plans prepared by the board and court consultant John Finger; proposed attendance zone maps; transcripts of proceedings; and depositions, briefs, and notes.

 

This collection comprises part of Living Charlotte: The Postwar Development of a New South City, a collaborative partnership to digitize and make accessible materials with statewide and national impact relating to the rapid economic growth and social change in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region from 1944 through the 1980s. Living Charlotte has been made possible by funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

 
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