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Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the…

Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families

by J. Anthony Lukas

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He starts out neutral but eventually takes the side of the working class white families forced to accommodate black students in their school. The liberal whites who move into the black working class area are misguided and he can't begin to connect with the black families. A great read: anxious, visceral, conflicted. Completely of its time and place.
  booksaplenty1949 | Dec 9, 2017 |
3230. Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families, by J. Anthony Lukas (read 19 Aug 1999) (Pulitzer Nonfiction prize co-winner in 1986) (National Book Award nonfiction prize in 1985) (National Book Critics Circle Nonfiction award for 1985) This is a study of three families in Boston in the 1970s--one black, one poor Irish Catholic, one liberal--and how the integration order issued in 1974 for busing in Boston affected them. It is an absorbing but painful account, and the awful rsce hatred exhibited in Boston, as well as the horrid crime, made me very glad I don't live there. ( )
2 vote Schmerguls | Jun 19, 2007 |
non-fiction, current affairs, education
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The climax of this humane account of 10 years in Boston that began with news of Martin Luther King's assassination, is a watershed moment in the city's modern history--the 1974 racist riots that followed the court-ordered busing of kids to integrate the schools. To bring understanding to that moment, Lukas, a former New York Times journalist, focuses on two working-class families, headed by an Irish-American widow and an African-American mother, and on the middle-class family of a white liberal couple. Lukas goes beyond stereotypes, carefully grounding each perspective in its historical roots, whether in the antebellum South, or famine-era Ireland. In the background is the cast of public figures--including Judge Garrity, Mayor White, and Cardinal Cushing--with cameo roles in this disturbing history that won the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction.

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