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Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race, and Finding Home

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From the heroic lawyer who spoke out against Clarence Thomas in the historic confirmation hearings twenty years ago, Anita Hill's first book since the best-selling Speaking Truth to Power.

In 1991, Anita Hill’s courageous testimony during the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings sparked a national conversation on sexual harassment and women’s equality in politics and the workplace. Today, she turns her attention to another potent and enduring symbol of economic success and equality—the home. Hill details how the current housing crisis, resulting in the devastation of so many families, so many communities, and even whole cities, imperils every American’s ability to achieve the American Dream.

Hill takes us on a journey that begins with her own family story and ends with the subprime mortgage meltdown. Along the way, she invites us into homes across America, rural and urban, and introduces us to some extraordinary African American women. As slavery ended, Mollie Elliott, Hill’s ancestor, found herself with an infant son and no husband. Yet, she bravely set course to define for generations to come what it meant to be a free person of color. On the eve of the civil rights and women’s rights movements, Lorraine Hansberry’s childhood experience of her family’s fight against racial restrictions in a Chicago neighborhood ended tragically for the Hansberry family. Yet, that episode shaped Lorraine’s hopeful account of early suburban integration in her iconic American drama A Raisin in the Sun.  Two decades later, Marla, a divorced mother, endeavors to keep her children safe from a growing gang presence in 1980s Los Angeles. Her story sheds light on the fears and anxiety countless parents faced during an era of growing neighborhood isolation, and that continue today. In the midst of the 2008 recession, hairdresser Anjanette Booker’s dogged determination to keep her Baltimore home and her salon reflects a commitment to her own independence and to her community’s economic and social viability. Finally, Hill shares her own journey to a place and a state of being at home that brought her from her roots in rural Oklahoma to suburban Boston, Massachusetts, and connects her own search for home with that of women and men set adrift during the foreclosure crisis. 

The ability to secure a place that provides access to every opportunity our country has to offer is central to the American Dream. To achieve that ideal, Hill argues, we and our leaders must engage in a new conversation about what it takes to be at home in America. Pointing out that the inclusive democracy our Constitution promises is bigger than the current debate about legal rights, she presents concrete proposals that encourage us to reimagine equality. Hill offers a twenty-first-century vision of America—not a vision of migration, but one of roots; not one simply of tolerance, but one of belonging; not just of rights, but also of community—a community of equals. 

 

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"Hill (Speaking Truth to Power) addresses the prime mortgage debacle, specifically how 'wning a home, and thus acquiring this piece of the American Dream has become increasingly difficult for people of color and single women,' and presents an indictment of subprime and predatory lending. Hill looks at the influence of the OYOH (Own Your Own Home) campaigns of the early 1930s and at the role of government and private developers in impeding black home ownership, even as 'home became a powerful symbol of race and gender advancement, the great signifier of our belonging and independence.' The experiences of two women (one in Los Angeles, the other in Baltimore) link race to both 'the gender dynamics of subprime lending practices that enabled the spread of predatory loans' and to law as a 'string of lawsuits filed against banks' by civic entities (e.g., Illinois, Baltimore). The unanswered 'pivotal question for all of us' remains: 'What can our leaders do to ensure that the home remains an integral and achievable part of the American Dream?' Hill calls for a 'Home Summit,' a public conversation about the housing crisis, its impact on communities, and its effect on achieving equality. Her book, lucid about law, lively with smatterings of history and reminders of cultural markers, may open that conversation. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

From the heroic lawyer who spoke out against Clarence Thomas in the historic confirmation hearings twenty years ago

 

At the historic Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings, Anita Hill spoke out courageously about workplace sexual harassment. Now she turns to the topic of home. As our country reels from the subprime mortgage meltdown and the resulting devastation of so many families and communities, Hill takes us inside this “crisis of home” and exposes its deep roots in race and gender inequities, which continue to imperil every American’s ability to achieve the American Dream.  In this period of recovery and its aftermath, what is at stake is the inclusive democracy the Constitution promises. The achievement of that ideal, Hill argues, depends on each American’s ability to secure a place that provides access to every opportunity our country offers. Building on the great strides of the women’s and civil rights movements, Hill presents concrete proposals that encourage us to broaden our thinking about home and to reimagine equality for America’s future.

Synopsis:

From the heroic lawyer who spoke out against Clarence Thomas in the historic confirmation hearings twenty years ago, Anita Hill's first book since the best-selling Speaking Truth to Power.

Descended from slaves and born to black farmers, Anita Hill shares the stories of her own family's quest for home, from her great grandmother who was born into slavery to her own flight from the nest of small-town Oklahoma.  As well as discussing art and media, such as Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun and the TV show The Jeffersons, Hill tells the stories of hairdressers, single moms, and her own siblings. She draws on literature, popular culture, and personal experience to argue that equality cannot be achieved merely by fighting for rights; it must be repositioned at the heart of the American Dream.

 

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About the Author

Anita F. Hill is a professor of social policy, law, and women's studies at Brandeis University, where she teaches courses on Race and the Law and Gender Equality. After receiving her JD from Yale Law School in 1980, she worked as the attorney-advisor to Clarence Thomas at the U.S. Department of Education. In 1991, she testified at the Senate confirmation hearings of Clarence Thomas. She gained national exposure when her allegations of sexual harassment were made public.  She is the author of Speaking Truth to Power, in which she wrote about her experience as a witness in the Thomas hearings. Hill has written widely on issues of race and gender in publications such as the New York Times, Newsweek, the Boston Globe, Critical Race Feminism, and others. She has appeared on Today, 60 Minutes, Meet the Press, and Face the Nation.

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction

Chapter One: Home: Survival and the Land

Chapter Two: Belonging to the New Land

Chapter Three: Gender and Race at Home in America

Chapter Four: Lorraine’s Vision: A Better Place to Live

Chapter Five: Blame It on the Sun

Chapter Six: Lessons from a Survivor: Anjanette’s Story

Chapter Seven: Home in Crisis: Americans on the Outside of the Dream

Chapter Eight: Home at Last: Toward an Inclusive Democracy

Acknowledgments

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807014370
Author:
Hill, Anita
Publisher:
Beacon Press (MA)
Author:
Hill, Anita F.
Subject:
American
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Gender Studies-General
Publication Date:
20111031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9.26 x 6.24 x 0.82 in 1 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Hill (Speaking Truth to Power) addresses the prime mortgage debacle, specifically how 'wning a home, and thus acquiring this piece of the American Dream has become increasingly difficult for people of color and single women,' and presents an indictment of subprime and predatory lending. Hill looks at the influence of the OYOH (Own Your Own Home) campaigns of the early 1930s and at the role of government and private developers in impeding black home ownership, even as 'home became a powerful symbol of race and gender advancement, the great signifier of our belonging and independence.' The experiences of two women (one in Los Angeles, the other in Baltimore) link race to both 'the gender dynamics of subprime lending practices that enabled the spread of predatory loans' and to law as a 'string of lawsuits filed against banks' by civic entities (e.g., Illinois, Baltimore). The unanswered 'pivotal question for all of us' remains: 'What can our leaders do to ensure that the home remains an integral and achievable part of the American Dream?' Hill calls for a 'Home Summit,' a public conversation about the housing crisis, its impact on communities, and its effect on achieving equality. Her book, lucid about law, lively with smatterings of history and reminders of cultural markers, may open that conversation. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , From the heroic lawyer who spoke out against Clarence Thomas in the historic confirmation hearings twenty years ago

 

At the historic Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings, Anita Hill spoke out courageously about workplace sexual harassment. Now she turns to the topic of home. As our country reels from the subprime mortgage meltdown and the resulting devastation of so many families and communities, Hill takes us inside this “crisis of home” and exposes its deep roots in race and gender inequities, which continue to imperil every American’s ability to achieve the American Dream.  In this period of recovery and its aftermath, what is at stake is the inclusive democracy the Constitution promises. The achievement of that ideal, Hill argues, depends on each American’s ability to secure a place that provides access to every opportunity our country offers. Building on the great strides of the women’s and civil rights movements, Hill presents concrete proposals that encourage us to broaden our thinking about home and to reimagine equality for America’s future.

"Synopsis" by , From the heroic lawyer who spoke out against Clarence Thomas in the historic confirmation hearings twenty years ago, Anita Hill's first book since the best-selling Speaking Truth to Power.

Descended from slaves and born to black farmers, Anita Hill shares the stories of her own family's quest for home, from her great grandmother who was born into slavery to her own flight from the nest of small-town Oklahoma.  As well as discussing art and media, such as Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun and the TV show The Jeffersons, Hill tells the stories of hairdressers, single moms, and her own siblings. She draws on literature, popular culture, and personal experience to argue that equality cannot be achieved merely by fighting for rights; it must be repositioned at the heart of the American Dream.

 

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