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Separate and Unequal

The Kerner Commission and the Unraveling of American Liberalism

By Steven M. Gillon
Narrated by Ryan Vincent Anderson / 10 hours 13 minutes

The definitive history of the Kerner Commission, whose report on urban unrest reshaped American debates about race and inequality

In Separate and Unequal, historian Steven M. Gillon offers a revelatory new history of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders--popularly known as the Kerner Commission. Convened by President Lyndon Johnson after riots in Newark and Detroit left dozens dead and thousands injured, the commission issued a report in 1968 that attributed the unrest to "white racism" and called for aggressive new programs to end discrimination and poverty. "Our nation is moving toward two societies," it warned, "one black, and one white--separate and unequal."

Johnson refused to accept the Kerner Report, and as his political coalition unraveled, its proposals went nowhere. For the right, the report became a symbol of liberal excess, and for the left, one of opportunities lost. Separate and Unequal is essential for anyone seeking to understand the fraught politics of race in America.

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Narrator Ryan Vincent Anderson
ISBN 9781478999973
Length 10 hours 13 minutes
Language English
Publisher Hachette Audio
Publication Date
Abridged No

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