The Resource Jackson, 1964 : and other dispatches from fifty years of reporting on race in America, Calvin Trillin

Jackson, 1964 : and other dispatches from fifty years of reporting on race in America, Calvin Trillin

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Jackson, 1964 : and other dispatches from fifty years of reporting on race in America
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Jackson, 1964
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and other dispatches from fifty years of reporting on race in America
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Calvin Trillin
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  • And other dispatches from fifty years of reporting on race in America
  • And other dispatches from 50 years of reporting on race in America
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"From bestselling author and beloved New Yorker writer Calvin Trillin, a deeply resonant collection from fifty years of reporting on race and racism in America, from the Civil Rights Era to today" --
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  • /* Starred Review */ Trillin (Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin), a regular contributor to the New Yorker since 1963, collects his insights and musings on race in America in previously published essays from over 50 years of reporting. They cover events from the 1964 voter registration drives in Jackson, Miss., to a 2006 deadly shooting on Long Island, N.Y., “the single most segregated suburban area in the United States.” Providing abundant context and telling details, Trillin covers the Mardi Gras Zulu parade in New Orleans, the resistance to school integration in Denver, race relations in the Mormon Church in Utah, a stop-and-frisk with tragic results in Seattle, and the confrontation between Italians and African-Americans over the construction of an apartment building called Kawaida Towers in Newark, N.J. Most of these episodes take place in the 1960s and ’70s, so Trillin provides updates at the end of each essay to show how the issues have evolved and what progress, if any, has been made. He also delves into the definitions of black and white in modern-day Louisiana and the qualities of a southern “moderate” in the 1970s, and invites a black civil rights activist to tell the story of her hardscrabble life in Dorchester County, S.C., in her own words. As Trillin notes in his introduction, today’s African-American students are more isolated than they were 40 years ago, education policy makers have abandoned integration as a cause, and a number of states have recently passed laws meant to suppress non-white votes. What’s shocking is how topical and relatively undated many of these essays seem today. Agent: Eric Simonoff, William Morris Endeavor. (June) --Staff (Reviewed 04/04/2016) (Publishers Weekly, vol 263, issue 14, p)
  • Many fans of journalist Trillin might not associate him with the civil rights movement, but this work is here to remind us that the complications of race in America have always been a vehicle for his sharp writing and criticism. In his introduction, the author explains his ambivalence about being labeled a hero of the Freedom Rides when he was covering them for Time in the 1960s. These New Yorker essays span the gamut from a long piece on a fizzled boycott of the Zulu Mardi Gras parade to a recent racially charged murder trial on Long Island. The most striking is a simple transcript of black voting rights activist Victoria DeLee's life story in a dated Southern dialect. While each of these essays are interesting in their own right, many meander with trivial details, and Trillin does not make much of a case for their cohesiveness or why the compilation is really necessary. VERDICT This book is supposedly a contribution to the current "volcanic national conversation about race and racism," but it makes one wonder whether or not more relevant analysis can be offered on this crucially important topic than rehashed essays from a prolific white writer. --Kate Stewart (Reviewed 05/01/2016) (Library Journal, vol 141, issue 8, p87)
  • A veteran reporter collects some significant pieces about race that originally appeared in the New Yorker, his publishing home since 1963.The author of some 30 titles, Trillin (Dogfight: The 2012 Presidential Campaign in Verse, 2012, etc.) revisits the last half-century's racial struggles in various regions of the country, and readers are likely to come away thinking, "so much has not really changed all that much." The first essay, the titular piece, deals with the struggle for voting rights in Mississippi, and older readers will find themselves swept back into sanguinary events that will seem both historical and immediate. "No sophisticated study of public opinion is needed," writes the author, "to establish the fact that in the United States, North and South, a white life is considered to be of more value than a Negro life." Later on is a 2008 piece about the racial foundations of a 2006 shooting on Long Island. (Progress, we see, has been incremental and even barely visible in some cases.) Trillin investigates the racial aspects of Mardi Gras parades, racial turmoil at a Wisconsin university, the vast racial differences in criminal sentencing in Texas, housing disputes, racially discriminatory admissions to a Boston disco, a woman's struggle to change the racial labeling on her birth certificate, and much, much more. Throughout, the author's tone remains calm, analytical, and reasonable—though he invariably finds a detail or two, or comments by principals, that ascend to the level of symbol. He quotes, for example, a Texas district attorney about a case involving a man who sold a single marijuana cigarette and was sentenced to 30 years: "I don't see that this is a very unusual verdict." Trillin ends each piece with a brief update about the situation and the players involved. Haunting pieces that show how our window on the past is often a mirror.(Kirkus Reviews, May 1, 2016)
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305.80097309/04
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E185.615
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  • African Americans
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and other dispatches from fifty years of reporting on race in America
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Introduction -- Jackson, 1964 (Jackson, Mississippi, 1964) -- The Zulus (New Orleans, Louisiana, 1964) -- During The Thirty-Third Week of National Guard Patrols (Wilmington, Delaware, 1968) -- A Hearing : "In the Matter of Disciplinary Action Involving Certain Students of Wisconsin State University Oshkosh" (Oshkosh, Wisconsin, 1968) -- Doing The Right Thing Isn't Always Easy (Denver, Colorado, 1969) -- Categories (Provo, Utah, 1970) -- G.T. Miller's Plan (Luverne, Alabama, 1970) -- Not Super-Outrageous (Houston, Texas, 1970) -- Victoria Delee : In Her Own Words (Dorchester County, South Carolina, 1971) -- Kawaida (Newark, New Jersey, 1972) -- Causes and Circumstances (Seattle, Washington, 1975) -- The Unpleasantness at Whimsey's (Boston, Massachusetts, 1976) -- Remembrance of Moderates Past (1977) -- Black or White Louisiana (1986) -- The Color of Blood (Long Island, New York, 2008) -- State Secrets (Mississippi, 1995)
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22 cm
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First Edition.
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xxi, 275 pages
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9780399588242
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2015045274
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Jackson, 1964 : and other dispatches from fifty years of reporting on race in America, Calvin Trillin
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Introduction -- Jackson, 1964 (Jackson, Mississippi, 1964) -- The Zulus (New Orleans, Louisiana, 1964) -- During The Thirty-Third Week of National Guard Patrols (Wilmington, Delaware, 1968) -- A Hearing : "In the Matter of Disciplinary Action Involving Certain Students of Wisconsin State University Oshkosh" (Oshkosh, Wisconsin, 1968) -- Doing The Right Thing Isn't Always Easy (Denver, Colorado, 1969) -- Categories (Provo, Utah, 1970) -- G.T. Miller's Plan (Luverne, Alabama, 1970) -- Not Super-Outrageous (Houston, Texas, 1970) -- Victoria Delee : In Her Own Words (Dorchester County, South Carolina, 1971) -- Kawaida (Newark, New Jersey, 1972) -- Causes and Circumstances (Seattle, Washington, 1975) -- The Unpleasantness at Whimsey's (Boston, Massachusetts, 1976) -- Remembrance of Moderates Past (1977) -- Black or White Louisiana (1986) -- The Color of Blood (Long Island, New York, 2008) -- State Secrets (Mississippi, 1995)
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First Edition.
Extent
xxi, 275 pages
Isbn
9780399588242
Lccn
2015045274
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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