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Separate and unequal : the Kerner Commission and the unraveling of American liberalism / Steven M. Gillon

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Typ materiału
Książka
Autor
Gillon, Steven M.,
Wydanie
First edition.

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Adres wydawniczy
New York : Basic Books, 2018.
©2018
Opis fizyczny
xvi, 374 pages, 8 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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"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"-- Provided by publisher.
"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 racism and poverty. "Our nation is moving toward two societies," they warned, "one black, and one white--separate and unequal." Fifty years later, Gillon draws on official records, never-before-seen private papers, and interviews with key players to offer an absorbing new account of the Kerner Commission's work and its vital legacies. Johnson, he shows, never intended the Commission as anything more than window dressing; when it took its mission seriously, he cut off its funding. And despite its unanimous report, the Commission was riven by generational, ideological, and racial divides that foreshadowed the fracturing of Johnson's liberal coalition and the reshaping of American politics in the years that followed. A vivid portrait of the possibilities and limitations of American liberalism at its apogee, Separate and Unequal is a crucial book for anyone seeking to understand our debate over race today"-- Provided by publisher.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 321-355) and index.
"It looks like Berlin in 1945" -- "What do they want?" -- "Let your search be free" -- "I'll take out my pocketknife and cut your peter off" -- "I think we should avoid overstatement" -- "A straitjacket of facts" -- "White racism" -- "Can you really say this in a government report?" -- "That's good and tell him I appreciate that" -- "Lindsay has taken effective control of the Commission" -- "Two societies" -- "I'd be a hypocrite" -- "The most courageous government report in the last decade" -- "The 60s and 70s seem to have left us exhausted"
Temat
United States. National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders -- History.
United States. National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders. Report.
Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973.
Riots -- Political aspects -- United States.
United States -- Race relations -- Political aspects.
Urban poor -- United States -- Social conditions.
African Americans -- United States -- Social conditions.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1963-1969.
Liberalism -- United States -- 20th century.
United States -- Social policy -- 20th century.
HISTORY / United States / 20th Century.
HISTORY / United States / 21st Century.
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Civil Rights.
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / General.
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / National.
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / City Planning & Urban Development.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Discrimination & Race Relations.
ISBN
9780465096084 (hardback)
0465096085
9780465096091 (ebook)