America in Black and White: One Nation, Indivisible by Stephan Thernstrom

By Stephan Thernstrom

In a e-book destined to develop into a vintage, Stephan and Abigail Thernstrom current very important new information regarding the optimistic alterations which were completed and the measurable development within the lives of nearly all of African-Americans. helping their conclusions with facts on schooling, gains, and housing, they argue that the notion of significant racial divisions during this kingdom is superseded -- and hazardous.

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3. United States—Race relations. 4. Racism—United States—History—20th century. I. , date. II. Title. com Acknowledgments ABIGAIL THERNSTROM is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, and for the extraordinary freedom to write full-time, she could not be more grateful. For their unwavering commitment to this seemingly endless project, particular thanks is owed to two remarkable men: Lawrence Mone, the Institutes president, and Roger Hertog, chairman of the board of trustees. They have provided a warm and nurturing home for an academic who chose to leave the academy.

Chapter 5 opens with a discussion of presidential politics and civil rights, and closes with the making of the 1964 Civil Rights Act; in the intervening pages it describes the Freedom Rides, the crashing failure of the demonstrations in Albany, Georgia, and the stunning success of those in Birmingham, Alabama; the revolution in white racial attitudes; the 1963 March on Washington; and the political timidity of President John F. Kennedy. In the last chapter of this first section, we treat the murder of student civil rights workers in Mississippi, the passage of the crucial Voting Rights Act of 1965, the emergence of the black power movement, and the eruption of race riots in the nation’s cities.

Mary Ash, Henry Fetter, William Guenther, Edward Lev, and Stephen Teles stared at every page and provided highly detailed, invaluable feedback. We learned much from their painstaking reviews. Thanks to Roger Clegg of the Center for Equal Opportunity for catching numerous small errors in the hardcover edition. Finally, perhaps our greatest debt is to our son, Samuel Thernstrom, whose editorial skills are daunting and whose wise counsel on many matters of substance made us think and think again. We were blessed with wonderful research assistants: Michael Burgmaier, Andrew Hazlett, Kevin Marshall, Todd Molz, Joel Pulliam, and Romney Resney.

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