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The Persistence of the Color Line by Randall Kennedy
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Sep 19, 2011

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This is a topic that warrants a book undoubtedly but honestly, I felt Kennedy's particular take on the matter could probably have been covered in a long-ish NY Times or Atlantic article without losing too much of the meat here. The book is decently written and there were some great anecdotes referencing the flagrant racism of some prior presidents (including some who are are revered in the history books for their courageous stands against slavery, Jim Crow or racism as a whole) and 'founding fathers.'

The chapter tying recollections of the author's veteran father to a larger historical examination of the relationship between African-Americans and patriotism was a particular standout in my view, but by the end, I wasn't sure what Kennedy's final feeling towards his overall theme encapsulated in the book title was or whether spending time reading it had been worth it or not.
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