Written by a pair of social scientists--Stephan Thernstrom is a professor of history at Harvard; his wife, Abigail, is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute--America in Black and White is a comprehensive look at how much life has changed (and remained the same) for black Americans. The authors conclude that, while much remains to be done, life has gotten measurably better for blacks since the civil rights movement. For example, only a quarter of black families live below the poverty line, as compared with more than three-quarters of black families in 1940; similarly, where 60 percent of working black women were domestics in 1940, today a majority are white-collar workers. In what will likely prove to be the most controversial of their conclusions, the authors argue that, while many problems remain, traditional civil rights remedies, such as affirmative action and racial preferences, will not solve those problems. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is a solid, sweeping account (from a Harvard scholar and a race relations specialist) of race relations in the United States over the last 50-some years, from the days of Jim Crow, through sit-ins, the African American migration from the rural South to the urban North, the 1964 Civil Rights Act, 1965 Voting Rights Act, the affirmative action era, the racially perceptual influence of an "appallingly high" urban black crime level, and the steady growth of a suburban black middle class. The authors assess judicial, educational, political, and social influences on what, despite real continuing problems, has been progress in easing race-related inequities. They see preferential policies as giving credence to the separateness of minorities. On balance, they are optimistic, as long as opportunity is provided for everyone in one nation. Of great breadth and depth, this work is highly recommended for academic and public readership.?Suzanne W. Wood, SUNY Coll. of Technology at Alfred
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I highly recommend that everyone should read this book. It is heavy, time consuming reading, loaded with statistics (remembering the three kinds of lies: "lies, damned lies, and... Read morePublished on August 28, 2012 by Davidthecritic
The late Gore Vidal wrote a whole essay, entitled "Bad History," that skewers this book and its authors. Vidal refers to the book as "this curiously insistent racist tract. Read morePublished on August 10, 2012 by lowellsf
After reading this book one does not know whether to laugh out loud or just sit down by the roadside and cry. Read morePublished on September 20, 2009 by Herbert L Calhoun
Because I had enjoyed "No Excuses: Closing the Racial Gap in Learning" I read the Thernstrom's previous book. Read morePublished on June 3, 2005 by Kelvin L. Reed
This book renders a thoughtful and persuasive treatment of the facts of racial divisions in the United States. Read morePublished on September 8, 2003 by Eugene A Jewett
This was a class text about race in America. It is a careful balance between recognizing past discrimination (which some conservatives ignore) and demonstrating the problems of... Read morePublished on January 20, 2003 by Sheila Tillman
As usual the grand "moralists" of the right are shown to be hypocrites.
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The Thernstroms' have done everyone a great favor by thoroughly examining the issue of race in as fair a treatment as any I've ever read. Read morePublished on December 23, 2002 by Eugene A Jewett