Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Separate No More by Lawrence Goldstone - OPTIONAL

Separate No More: The Long Road to Brown v. Board of Education by Lawrence Goldstone
, 276 pages. NON-FICTION. Scholastic Focus (Scholastic), 2021. $19. 

Language PG (0 swears); Mature Content: PG13 (racial conflict); Violence: R (racial cruelty, suicide, murder) 



The history of legal action regarding the constitutionality of separate but equal facilities and educational opportunity is examined in detail. The motivation and background of key players in the bid to keep or dismantle segregation are provided for greater understanding of legislation leading up to the landmark Supreme Court decision of 1954. The founding of the NAACP is introduced, and their influence on legal work for African Americans is a focal point of the book. 

This is fascinating material, and an important part of American history that should be better understood. It is eye-opening to consider the viewpoint of those on either side of segregation, and this book is a good catalyst for doing so. The presentation of material, however, is such that reading the book requires extreme focus and intent, rendering it more textbook-like than an informational read. The occasional photographs were an enjoyable look into history and created a visual resting spot from the heavy text material. 

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