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Race: How Blacks and Whites Think and Feel about the American Obsession

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First published in 1992 at the height of the furor over the Rodney King incident, Studs Terkel's Race was an immediate bestseller. In a rare and revealing look how at how people in America truly feel about race, Terkel brings out the full complexity of the thoughts and emotions of both blacks and whites, uncovering a fascinating narrative of changing opinions. Preachers and street punks, college students and Klansmen, interracial couples, the nephew of the founder of apartheid, and Emmett Till's mother are among those whose voices appear in Race. In all, nearly one hundred Americans talk openly about attitudes that few are willing to admit in public: feelings about affirmative action, gentrification, secret prejudices, and dashed hopes.

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First published in 1992 at the height of the furor over the Rodney King incident, Studs Terkels Race was an immediate bestseller. Offering a rare and revealing look at how people in America truly feel about race, Terkels candid interviews depict a complexity of thoughts and emotions and uncover a fascinating narrative of changing opinions. Preachers and street punks, college students and Klansmen, pioneering interracial couples, the nephew of the founder of apartheid, and Emmett Tills mother are among those whose voices appear in Race. In all, nearly one hundred Americans talk openly about what few are willing to admit in public: feelings about affirmative action, gentrification, secret prejudices, and dashed hopes.

This reissue of Race comes at a particularly dynamic time in the history of American race relations. Our first black president, rapidly shifting immigration and population patterns, and the rising force of multiracialism all necessitate a narrative around race that is more nuanced than ever before. Yet many of the issues we have grappled with over the past few decades remain to be solved. Gary Younge, a longtime columnist for The Guardian and The Nation, provides a new introduction to Race that serves to contextualize it, rendering it relevant to these contemporary frameworks, while paying homage to a keystone piece of oral history on a uniquely American subject.

About the Author

Studs Terkel (1912-2008) was the author of eleven books of oral history, including Hope Dies Last, Working, and the Pulitzer Prize–winning The Good War (all available in paperback from The New Press). In 2003 he was awarded the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781595588104
Subtitle:
How Blacks and Whites Think and Feel About the American Obsession
Author:
Terkel, Studs
Publisher:
New Press, The
Subject:
Discrimination & Race Relations
Subject:
Ethnic Studies-Racism and Ethnic Conflict
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - General
Subject:
African American Studies-General
Subject:
Ethnic Studies-Immigration
Edition Description:
20th Anniversary Edition
Publication Date:
20120313
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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First published in 1992 at the height of the furor over the Rodney King incident, Studs Terkels Race was an immediate bestseller. Offering a rare and revealing look at how people in America truly feel about race, Terkels candid interviews depict a complexity of thoughts and emotions and uncover a fascinating narrative of changing opinions. Preachers and street punks, college students and Klansmen, pioneering interracial couples, the nephew of the founder of apartheid, and Emmett Tills mother are among those whose voices appear in Race. In all, nearly one hundred Americans talk openly about what few are willing to admit in public: feelings about affirmative action, gentrification, secret prejudices, and dashed hopes.

This reissue of Race comes at a particularly dynamic time in the history of American race relations. Our first black president, rapidly shifting immigration and population patterns, and the rising force of multiracialism all necessitate a narrative around race that is more nuanced than ever before. Yet many of the issues we have grappled with over the past few decades remain to be solved. Gary Younge, a longtime columnist for The Guardian and The Nation, provides a new introduction to Race that serves to contextualize it, rendering it relevant to these contemporary frameworks, while paying homage to a keystone piece of oral history on a uniquely American subject.

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