Nicholas Lemann, The Promised Land

I first read Nicholas Lemann’s excellent The Promised Land: The Great Black Migration and How It Changed Americamany years ago and at the time it was a revelation to me, in its unsparing account of the self-interested machinations of the white political elite in Washington, as well as its look at how cotton culture in the South indelibly marked race relations in the North of the United States.

Re-reading it recently, in light of the 2008 Presidential election, made me think about how certain things have changed a great deal in this country, though sadly, some things have remained rather similar.  It’s still a bad place to be a poor person, particularly a poor person of color!

(Read from May 1-May 3, 2010)


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