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Gene Dattel - "Reckoning with Race: America's Failure"

Reckoning with Race confronts America's most intractable problem and why the nation cannot have a frank discussion about race. It examines racial issues through black voices. The book outlines in a provocative, novel manner the black America’s experience from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the present. It explodes myths about the South as America's exclusive racial scapegoat. The book moves to the Great Migration north, the urban ghettos, and current events and conditions.

The evergreen topics of identity, assimilation, and separation come to the fore in Dattel's balanced, uncompromising, and unflinching narrative. Despite civil rights legislation, the racial divide between the races remains a chasm. A plethora of reports, commissions, conferences, and other highly visible gestures, purporting to do something have generated publicity, but educational and economic gaps persist.

The major task persists – how to bring the mass of black Americans into the economic mainstream.

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The White Hart Speaker Series is presented in collaboration with Oblong Books & Music & Scoville Memorial Library