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This limited edition boxed set brings together two critically acclaimed books by the man acknowledged as the dean of American historians--"Racial Equality in America" and "The Color Line: Legacy for the Twenty-First Century." Taken together these volumes offer a powerful statement about the long and as yet unrealized goal of equal rights for all Americans. Each book is numbered and signed by the author. Issued in a limited edition of 300, these beautiful boxed sets are sure to be a collector's item.In 1976 John Hope Franklin delivered the prestigious Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. On the occasion of the Bicentennial, "Racial Equality in America" allowed Franklin to reflect on our nation's brutal history of racial discrimination. His message was harsh: with inequality embedded in the roots of our land, the task of achieving racial equality would be a monumental one indeed.Nearly twenty years after "Racial Equality in American," Franklin addressed the issue of racial inequality. In the Paul Anthony Brick Lectures given at the University of Missouri-Columbia, just one day after the "not guilty" verdict was returned in the trial of Los Angeles police officers for the beating of Rodney King, Franklin delivered a piercing depiction of the color line that persists in America. A scathing portrait of how discrimination has been allowed to flourish and a poignantly despairing prognosis for its end, "The Color Line: Legacy for the Twenty-First Century" is a perfect companion to the earlier volume. Together these books powerfully define and describe the long-held, but still unrealized, goal of equal rights for all Americans.
University of Missouri Press
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