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Unequal: A Story of America

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Finalist for the YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award

New York Times bestselling author Michael Eric Dyson and critically acclaimed author Marc Favreau show how racial inequality permeates every facet of American society, through the lens of those pushing for meaningful change

The true story of racial inequality—and resistance to it—is the prologue to our present. You can see it in where we live, where we go to school, where we work, in our laws, and in our leadership. Unequal presents a gripping account of the struggles that shaped America and the insidiousness of racism, and demonstrates how inequality persists. As readers meet some of the many African American people who dared to fight for a more equal future, they will also discover a framework for addressing racial injustice in their own lives.

ISBN-13: 9780759557017

Media Type: Hardcover

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: 05-03-2022

Pages: 368

Product Dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.40(d)

Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson is an award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of over twenty books, a widely celebrated professor, a prominent public intellectual, an ordained Baptist minister, and a noted political analyst. He is a two-time NAACP Image Award winner, and the winner of the American Book Award for Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster. His book The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America was a Kirkus Prize finalist. He is also a highly sought after public speaker who is known to excite both secular and sacred audiences. A native of Detroit, Michigan, he currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee. This is his first book for teens. Follow him on Twitter @michaeledyson and on his official Facebook page ( Marc Favreau is the acclaimed author of Crash: The Great Depression and the Fall and Rise of America and Spies: The Secret Showdown Between America and Russia, and co-editor (with Ira Berlin and Steven F. Miller) of Remembering Slavery: African Americans Talk About Their Personal Experiences of Slavery and Emancipation. Favreau is also the director of editorial projects at The New Press. He lives with his family in New York City and Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Prologue: A Note to Readers xi

1 Mary Church Terrell Fights Back Against Segregation 1

2 Ida B. Wells Exposes America's Lynching Epidemic 19

3 Buck Franklin Bears Witness to the Destruction of Black Wall Street 33

4 Ned Cobb Confronts Racial Inequality at Work 47

5 Dr. Ossian Sweet Breaks Through the Color Line to Find a Home in Detroit 61

6 Pauli Murray Discovers the Key to Ending Segregation in Schools 77

7 Daisy Myers Integrates the White Suburbs 91

8 Malcolm X Launches a Struggle Against Police Brutality 105

9 Fannie Lou Hamer Takes Back the Right to Vote 119

10 James Meredith Integrates the University of Mississippi 135

11 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Memphis's Sanitation Workers Protest for Equal Pay 151

12 John Carlos and Tommie Smith Raise a Fist for Black Pride 167

13 Ruth Batson Uncovers Segregation in Boston 181

14 Michelle Alexander Confronts the New Jim Crow 199

15 Catherine Flowers, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, and Barack Obama Expose America's Crisis of Environmental Racism 213

16 Yusef Salaam Battles Racial Profiling 229

17 Stacey Abrams Leads the Fight Against Voter Suppression 245

18 Dr. Susan Moore Calls Out America's Unequal Health Care 259

19 The Black Lives Matter Movement Opens the Latest Battle for Racial Equality 273

20 Nikole Hannah-Jones Taps into the Power of History 285

Afterword: The Story of Inequality in America 295

Acknowledgments 303

Source Notes 305

Index 335