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First Class: The Legacy of Dunbar, Americas First Black Public High School Hardcover – August 1, 2013
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“In First Class, Alison Stewart skillfully chronicles the rise and fall of Dunbar High School, America’s first black public high school. Recalling the institution's extraordinary legacy and the lives of its accomplished alumni—her own parents included—Stewart will convince you that there’s cause for hope, and that the school’s brightest days may still be ahead.” —President Bill Clinton
“The US Army’s first black general. The first black federal judge. The first black cabinet secretary. If you pull the thread that ties together these (and so many other) pioneers in African American achievement, you find the story of Dunbar High School. Alison Stewart uncovers the hidden history of a great American institution, and shows us the moving, herculean, human effort it took to build it in the first place, and to rebuild it now. What an amazing story—what a great book.” —Rachel Maddow, author of Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power, and host of The Rachel Maddow Show
“Many of the legal minds behind school desegregation learned their sense of self and sense of determination at Dunbar High School. First Class explains how Dunbar produced extraordinary men and women who could be role models for any child of any era.” —Hill Harper, actor and author of Letters to a Young Brother
“A gifted journalist, Alison Stewart tells this remarkable story with depth and insight. Meticulously researched and engagingly written, First Class does what great books should do: it finds universal meaning in particular places. In Stewart, Dunbar’s complicated life and times have found a brilliant biographer." —Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of American Lion: Andrew Jackson and the White House
“First Class is first rate—the extraordinary story of a historic school and its remarkable students and teachers. With great style and real care, Alison Stewart weaves a wonderful tale of adversity, triumph, and overcoming.” —Ben Sherwood, president of ABC News
Top Customer Reviews
I ordered an advanced copy and it lived up to all of my expectations.
The quality of the research is on display at all times, as is a sensitivity to the subject. Stewart's parents attended Dunbar. Please avail yourself of this excellent piece of scholarship and journalism.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book that told about the history of Dunbar High that I knew nothing about. Written in a manner that kept me interested and curious from start to finish. Read morePublished 2 months ago by D'arby
Very informative book on the gift and the curse of equality and opportunity in an elite high school in our nation's capital. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Reggie Bailey
An excellent history of a black school in Washington subject to the politics which subverts good education. A relevant example for today of what invades the educational system.Published 10 months ago by S
I had nothing but the best educational experiences, including the journalism program, at Dunbar Senior High School, my alma mater! Read morePublished 10 months ago by renee nadabomb cherry
"First Class:…" a book about Dunbar High School, the first public high school in Washington, DC for African-Americans was aptly named for Paul Lawrence Dunbar. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Bruce E. McLeod Jr.