Synopses & Reviews
Why, despite continued efforts to increase understanding and expand opportunities, do black and white Americans still lead separate lives, continually marked by tension and hostility? In his much-lauded classic, newly updated to reflect the changing realities of race in our nation, Andrew Hacker explains the origins and meaning of racism and clarifies the conflicting theories of equality and inferiority. He paints a stark picture of racial inequality in America -- focusing on family life, education, income, and employment -- and explores the current controversies over politics, crime, and the causes of the gap between the races. Illuminating and oftentimes startling, Two Nations demonstrates how race has defined America's history and will continue to shape its future.
Claude Brown Author of Manchild in the Promised Land Provocatively enlightening....Probably the most candid book on present-day American racism.
The New York Times Book Review Challenging....The real value of this book is in Mr. Hacker's calm, analytical eye [and] his unblinking view of American history.
The Wall Street Journal A telling portrait of American life.... The numbers are stark and irrefutable.
Alex Beam The Boston Globe Provocative...eloquently written [and] in-your-face.
The Boston Globe Devastating....We are left with the crushing effect of what we have done to ourselves by using race as our defining tool and lying most of the time about what we are doing.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
About the Author
Andrew Hacker is a professor of political science at Queens College in New York City. He is the author of Mismatch and Money, as well as eight other books, and is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, Time, and Fortune, among other periodicals. Mr. Hacker lives in New York City.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
1. Dividing American Society
2. Race and Racism: Inferiority or Equality?
3. Being Black in America
4. White Responses: Right and Left, Guilt and Sex
5. Parents and Children: Do the Races Really Differ?
6. The Racial Income Gap: How Much Is Due to Bias?
7. Equity in Employment: Qualifications and Quotas
8. Education: Ethnicity and Achievement
9. Segregated Schooling: Voluntary and Imposed
10. What's Best for Black Children?
11. Crime: The Role Race Plays
12. The Politics of Race
Quoted and Cited Sources
Copyright © 1992, 1995, 2003 by Andrew Hacker