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The major issues for African Americans today, such as poverty, low graduation rates, high rates of out-of wedlock births, and high rates of incarceration, are of national importance. This stellar volume provides a solid basis for high school, community college, and college students to understand and debate 9 crucial issues today in context of the past and present. These issues are slavery reparations, crime and punishment, cultural assimilation, Affirmative Action, school vouchers, standardized tests, Welfare-to-Work, stereotypes, and election reform. The history of slavery, segregation, and racism continue to impact African Americans and the rest of society. For the youth of today, born after the major gains of the Civil Rights Movement, this book will be valuable to see how much more progress is needed. They will find an historical overview of the issues, learn about the main players, and read about the different sides. Under the topical chapters, readers will be able to consider the fuller spectrum of news items, such as the basis of Kwanzaa, whether comic Bill Cosby's comments about African Americans are on target, and what can be done about the voting disenfranchising in our current political system. Current events will be made more meaningful with this authoritative information and the interactive debates and activities.
About the Author
KEVIN D. ROBERTS is Assistant Professor of History at New Mexico State University.
Table of Contents
Crime and Punishment
Education: School Choice
Education: Standardized Tests