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Elizabeth and Hazel by David Margolick
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Oct 20, 2011

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bookshelves: african-american, american-south, nonfiction, race-relations
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This is a look at Elizabeth, one of the Little Rock Nine, and Hazel, one of the white students at Central High School in 1958, when desegregation was started there. After focusing on the two girls and the 1958-59 school year, the book moves on to what happens in the rest of their lives.
In a way, the book is like much of American racial relationshipsl--nothing is really resolved, a lot of feelings are bottled up only to erupt later, events and conversations are misconstrued, and things that are done in private are disavowed in public.
As events turn out, there are no easy answers--in some cases because the right questions have not been asked or have been asked of the wrong people.

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