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ISBN

978-0-393-23937-9

Publication Date

February 2019

Price

$35.00

Publisher

W. W. Norton & Company

Abstract

At first glance, Separate appears to offer a history of the Supreme Court’s infamous Plessy v. Ferguson decision in 1896, which validated for many decades to come the doctrine of “separate but equal.” The final hundred-plus pages of this elegantly-written volume do indeed bring Plessy into full focus. But Steve Luxenberg also addresses an even more weighty topic—how and why a nation that rewrote its Constitution to embrace the principle of equality defaulted on that commitment. The shameful story that unfolds here does much to explain the impasse reached by the United States in the tension-filled summer of 2020.

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