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Jackson, 1964

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Jackson, 1964 by Calvin Trillin
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Jul 25, 2017 | ISBN 9780399588266

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“When essays about race in America, written over a space of five decades, are as relevant today as the earliest one was a half-century ago, we gain new insight into how much real progress this country has—or has not—made. . . . This book provides historical context to the issues of race, racism, voter suppression and income inequality underpinning the current presidential election. Trillin’s elegant storytelling and keen observations sometimes churned my wrath about the glacial pace of progress. That’s because to me and millions of African-Americans, the topics of race and poverty—and their adverse impact on the mind and spirit—are, as Trillin acknowledges, not theoretical; they’re personal.”—Dorothy Butler Gilliam, The New York Times Book Review (Editor’s Choice)

“Everything in Jackson, 1964 resonates. . . . The volume is more than a history lesson. The issues it considers—police shootings, voter suppression tactics, race-based acts of terrorism—seem taken from today’s headlines. . . . [It’s] a memorial of sorts. It contains the names of many forgotten figures in the civil rights struggle. The biggest honor Mr. Trillin paid these men and women was to write about them so honestly and so well. These pieces have literary as well as historical merit, and they will continue to be read for the pleasure they deliver as well as for the pain they describe.”—Dwight Garner, The New York Times
“With the diligent clarity, humane wit, polished prose and attention to pertinent detail that exemplify Trillin’s journalism at its best . . . Jackson, 1964 drives home a sobering realization: Even with signs of progress, racism in America is news that stays news.”USA Today
“These unsettling tales, elegantly written and wonderfully reported, are like black-and-white snapshots from the national photo album. They depict a society in flux but also stubbornly unmoved through the decades when it comes to many aspects of race relations. . . . The grace Trillin brings to his job makes his stories all the more poignant.”The Christian Science Monitor
“Modern and urgent. Essay after essay reminds us that the history of this struggle consists of events that easily could happen today.”Minneapolis StarTribune 
“‘History is just people,’ Edna Ferber once wrote, and it ‘isn’t only yesterday. It’s today. There is no history without people, any more than there is sound without hearing.’ . . . Luckily, Jackson, 1964 is a welcome reminder that critical thinkers like Trillin have spent years of their lives listening.”Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“A tapestry of racial combat from the spiteful to the covert and everything in between . . . Jackson, 1964 is disciplined writing pretty well at its best.”Winnipeg Free Press
“The highly readable stories remain topical today. And taken as a whole, [Jackson, 1964] is a reminder of how graceful and seemingly effortless [Trillin’s] prose is. [He] has perfected the technique of exploring broad societal issues while training a close lens on a narrow yet compelling subject.”Jewish Telegraphic Agency
“Calvin Trillin’s fifty years of writing about race in the U.S. is as historic as a lunch counter sit-in and as current as today’s tweets.”Shelf Awareness

“An exceptional collection [from] master essayist [Calvin] Trillin . . . exposing through perceptive observations and nuanced humor the insidious nature of discriminatory practices.”Booklist (starred review)

“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 fifty years of reporting. . . . What’s shocking is how topical and relatively undated many of these essays seem today.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“The author of some thirty titles, Trillin 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.’ . . . Haunting pieces that show how our window on the past is often a mirror.”Kirkus Reviews

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