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Lessons from the Heartland: A Turbulent Half-Century of Public Education in an Iconic American City

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In a magisterial work of narrative nonfiction that weaves together the racially fraught history of public education in Milwaukee and the broader story of hypersegregation in the rust belt, Lessons from the Heartland tells of an iconic city’s fall from grace—and of its chance for redemption in the twenty-first century.

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Hardcover, 305 pages
Published January 1st 2013 by The New Press
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Jeff
Nov 25, 2015 Jeff rated it liked it
I was surprised in a couple of ways by this book. First, I have to say that if you have any kind of interest in WI public education, you should probably read this book. I grew up in a suburb of Milwaukee and had no idea of the _decades_ of blatant racism exhibited by the Milwaukee schools board, Milwaukee power brokers, Milwaukee police, Milwaukee government, etc. Plus the reluctance to try new ideas that might help solve the problems. Second, while Miner does a good job of detailing her ...more
Melanie
Jan 08, 2015 Melanie rated it really liked it
MINER writes with beautiful, vibrant speech. Interweaving personal narratives with social history, this is a must-read for everyone. She shines a light on Civil Rights, as an issue ringing out to us today, not hidden in the past. These are the messages that will resonate with you long after reading. It exposes what truly matters in a Democracy and the rights of all people.
Jeramey
Jun 10, 2013 Jeramey rated it liked it
Struck me that it could use more editing to sharpen focus at points. The conclusion with the protests at the State Capitol seem to lead to nowhere.

Definitely a complex topic to write about, so I give the author credit for attempting to take it on.
Kathy Nelson
Jul 09, 2013 Kathy Nelson rated it really liked it
A must read for anyone interested in the real story/history of education in Milwaukee and in the nation. 4 and 1/2 stars
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Maybe living in Wisconsin gives this story extra meaning to me, but I found Miner's book to be both compelling and well researched. A perfect blend between disseminating facts and telling a story.
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Excellent, readable case study of civil rights as it played out in Milwaukee.
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