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America in Black and White

One Nation, Indivisible

Stephan Thernstrom, Abigail Thernstrom


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In a book destined to become a classic, Stephan and Abigail Thernstrom present important new information about the positive changes that have been achieved and the measurable improvement in the lives of the majority of African-Americans. Supporting their conclusions with statistics on education, earnings, and housing, they argue that the perception of serious racial divisions in this country is outdated -- and dangerous.

Praise For America in Black and White: One Nation, Indivisible

Jim Sleeper The Wall Street Journal May be the most far-ranging, information-rich analysis of our seismic racial shifts....

Roger Lane The Philadelphia Inquirer On their chosen issue [the Thernstroms] have served a high hard one, a statistical missile into the other court. It will take more than rhetoric to answer them.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Chairman, Department of Afro-American Studies, Harvard University This book is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand the state of race relations.

Linda Chavez The Chicago Tribune [America in Black and White] promises to become the standard reference book on contemporary race relations.

Thomas Sowell Forbes A very through history of contemporary race relations and racial policies in the United States....America in Black and White is a penetrating analysis, as well as a superb history. It should be "must" reading for anyone concerned about race relations in America.

David W. Reinhard The Oregenian A conversation-stopper in the best sense. The guts of this book will cause those on the left and right to stop and think before issuing the grand pronouncement or withering indictment.

Simon & Schuster, 9780684844978, 704pp.

Publication Date: February 2, 1999

About the Author

Stephan Thernstrom, the Winthrop Professor of History at Harvard University, is the editor of The Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups and the author of several other books.