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Record: Common Ground


Common Ground

Video Call Number: Part Number: Location:
158 2 Biddle Law Library

Production Company

Lorimar Home Video

Year: Running Time: Format:
1990 2:00 VHS


"COMMON GROUND was a four-hour mini-series, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by journalist J. Anthony Lukas, about three families caught up in the turbulent events surrounding the desegregation of the Boston public school system during the 1960s and 70s. The drama followed three families, the McGoffs, a middle-class Irish Catholic family, the Twymons, a poor black family, and the Divers, a young lawyer and his wife just starting a family, through the confusing years that came to a head when the McGoff and Twymon oldest daughters both became part of the first class to participate in busing by government order. Actual news footage of many of the climatic events, as previously all-white Charleston High School erupted in racial and class tensions, rioting and student violence, was incorporated into the film, which attempted to explain a rather unpleasant part of recent American history, by putting the events into basic, human terms."--1990 Peabody Awards entry form excerpt.


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