The Color of Strangers, the Color of Friends: The Play of Ethnicity in School and Community

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Peshkin examines the role played by ethnicity in the daily life of a town he calls "Riverview" and its only high school. Immersing himself in the daily life of halls and classrooms of Riverview's high school and the streets of its neighborhoods, Peshkin coaxes from both young and old their own reflections on the town's early days, on the period of ethnic strife sparked by the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., and on the way they see Riverview today.

"Peshkin strikes a hopeful chord, revealing what social encounters among ethnic groups—at their best—can be like in America."—Education Digest

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In his most recent work, Peshkin, prominent educator and prolific writer ( God's Choice: The Total World of a Fundamentalist Christian School , LJ 3/15/86), focuses on ethnic problems in a school and its community. He reports the results of a year-long study of a high school community he calls "Riverview." Riverview is a relatively poor town populated by Sicilians, Mexicans, blacks, Filipinos, Asians, and others. The school, marked by low academic achievement and once racked by the ethnic turmoil and riots of the 1960s, remarkably achieved ethnic peace and tranquility in intergroup relationships during the 1980s. Peshkin's research is thorough and his analyses perceptive. His book can serve as a manual for school administrators in similar situations, and should be in all subject collections.
- Shirley L. Hopkinson, San Jose State Univ., Cal.
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