Winner of the Horace Mann Bond Award of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research at Harvard University.
American life is filled with talk of progress and equality, especially when the issue is that of race. But has the history of race in America really been the continuous march toward equality we'd like to imagine it has? This sweeping history of race in America argues quite the opposite: that progress toward equality has been sporadic, isolated, and surrounded by long periods of stagnation and retrenchment.
The authors...make a contribution by reminding us in simple and often eloquent prose that, historically, black progress has been painfully slow and always unsteady. Their book is a powerful antidote to the happy talk of conservatives, who have a hard time explaining why David Duke received 59 percent of the white vote in his 1990 bid for the U.S. Senate.