The Stand in the Schoolhouse Door | Forrest Gump February (TSB032)
Published February 6, 2017
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    In 1994, a movie came along about a man of low intelligence who happens to hit a few lucky breaks, weaving himself in and out of the timeline of American history, and into the hearts of millions of movie-goers. That man is Forrest. Forrest Gump.

    For the month of February, I’ll be focusing episode topics on historical and pop culture references in the movie. Ones you may have missed when watching the film because of the overwhelming emotion attached to every scene, or ones you may only be familiar with on the surface.

    In this episode, we’ll talk about the history behind desegregation of schools, Alabama Governor Wallace and the reasons for his stance, and how this led to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This episode may not be suitable for all listeners.

    I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind the Stand in the Schoolhouse Door.

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    Media:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eluXKOqxM28

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1rd6xfGg5s

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLLDn7MjbF0

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    Sources:

    http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/press-past/2013/06/11/george-wallace-stood-in-a-doorway-at-the-university-of-alabama-50-years-ago-today

    http://www.archives.alabama.gov/govs_list/schooldoor.html

    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/primary-resources/jfk-desegregation/

    http://www.history.com/topics/black-history/plessy-v-ferguson

    https://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/brown-v-board/timeline.html

    http://www.pbs.org/wnet/supremecourt/rights/landmark_brown.html

    https://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2012/12/in-southern-towns-segregation-academies-are-still-going-strong/266207/

    http://www.encyclopediaofalabama.org/article/h-3421

    http://www.history.com/topics/black-history/civil-rights-act

    http://www.npr.org/2003/06/11/1294680/wallace-in-the-schoolhouse-door

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