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'Prince Edward': Desegregation in 1959 Virginia

Novel Follows White Family's Saga of Race and Education

Web Extra: Hear Woodroof's Interview with 'Prince Edward' Author Dennis McFarland

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Author Dennis McFarland's fifth novel, Prince Edward, tells the story of the Rome clan — a rural, lower middle-class white family in rural Virginia — and how they deal with the reality of desegregation. The story takes place in Prince Edward County in the summer of 1959, when county officials decide to close public schools rather than comply with federal orders to integrate. McFarland talks with Martha Woodroof of member station WMRA in Charlottesville, Va.