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Separate and Unequal

Separate and Unequal

The Kerner Commission and the Unraveling of American Liberalism

The definitive history of the Kerner Commission, whose report on urban unrest reshaped American debates about race and inequality

In Separate and Unequal, historian Steven M. Gillon offers a revelatory new history of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders–popularly known as the Kerner Commission. Convened by President Lyndon Johnson after riots in Newark and Detroit left dozens dead and thousands injured, the commission issued a report in 1968 that attributed the unrest to “white racism” and called for aggressive new programs to end discrimination and poverty. “Our nation is moving toward two societies,” it warned, “one black, and one white–separate and unequal.”

Johnson refused to accept the Kerner Report, and as his political coalition unraveled, its proposals went nowhere. For the right, the report became a symbol of liberal excess, and for the left, one of opportunities lost. Separate and Unequal is essential for anyone seeking to understand the fraught politics of race in America.

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Genre: Nonfiction / History / United States / 20th Century

On Sale: March 6th 2018

Price: $20.99

Page Count: 400

ISBN-13: 9780465096091

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Robert Dallek:
"Steven Gillon's timely book, Separate and Unequal, is a compelling reminder that America remains a racially divided country. As so often in the past, this divide has economic and moral consequences that undermine our hopes for the future of a united progressive society. Every lawmaker and every fair-minded citizen should read Gillon's history and turn their attention to a problem that blights the country's standing as a beacon of justice around the world."