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America Behind The Color Line: Dialogues with African Americans

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More than thirty-five years after the death of Martin Luther King, Jr., Americans wonder just how much of his dream has come true. Now renowned scholar and New York Times bestselling author Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., examines the surprising social and economic journey African Americans have made since the civil rights era. Using the interviews he conducted for his ...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 2004)
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Nick Huntington-Klein
Dec 20, 2014 Nick Huntington-Klein rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
A very interesting collection of interviews. With the exception of the last chapter, it tends to target very successful black people, which is I feel a different approach than many otherwise-similar surveys take. What I found most compelling was the repetition. At first, the fact that a lot of the interviewees said very similar things about black empowerment, about the middle/low class black divide, and other issues annoyed me. But after a while I realized that this was combating the little ...more
Bob Schmitz
Feb 27, 2011 Bob Schmitz rated it it was ok
I wanted to read something by Henry Louis Gates but this would not be it. I read a couple of chapters and then skipped to the middle to see if it got any better. It didn't so I put it aside. The book consists of a series of interviews by Gates of a bunch of African Americans on the subject of race, their experiences, thoughts and proscriptions for the uplifting of African Americans. The book was a mishmash of ideas and opinions, many repeats of the same things, without statistics or data. It was ...more
Farrah
Feb 06, 2016 Farrah rated it it was ok
Really 2.5. It's very long, a series of essays by black people in different careers and levels of success. However a lot of it was repetitive and not that interesting. About 1/3 of the essays were ones where I really felt like I learned something.
Theresa
Jul 10, 2008 Theresa rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Really very interesting interviews!!! People from a broad spectrum with very different backgrounds and most of the emphasize that education is so key. Reccomend reading "The Race Beat" first just to know some of the people mentioned in the interview.
Carol
Mar 28, 2010 Carol rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history, ethnic
A real eye-opener.
Nicko
Jan 09, 2008 Nicko rated it really liked it
Good book. Dialogue is fiction.
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Henry Louis Gates Jr. is a Professor of African and African-American Studies at Harvard University and Director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. He is well-known as a literary critic, an editor of literature, and a proponent of black literature and black cultural studies.
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