Long Way to Go: Black and White in America

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Explores race relations in America through the eyes of a cast of powerful characters, demonstrating how this complex social issue affects our daily lives, the workplace, and our general hopes for the future

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Jonathan Coleman uses the city of Milwaukee--one of the most segregated in the country--as the lens through which to consider race in America. Black Milwaukeeans suffer an unemployment rate of about 20 percent, the result of the city's losing 60,000 jobs between 1979 and 1983 as it changed from a manufacturing to a service economy. The great success of Long Way to Go is that it shows us the human faces that lie behind the statistics, people like Georgette and Maron Alexander. After losing his high-paying manufacturing job, Maron Alexander found work paying $6 an hour, while his wife makes $5.50 an hour as a cook. They manage to feed their children and are sending their oldest daughter to college, but, at times, Maron Alexander can't help thinking that with his service insurance policy, his family would be better off if he were dead.

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Published to front-page acclaim, Jonathan Coleman's Long Way to Go is the best-selling author's seven-year exploration of race in America today. By taking us to Milwaukee, Wisconsin ("the heartland of the Heartland"), and introducing us to an unforgettable cast of characters, by drawing on countless interviews, on diaries, journals, and letters, and on events he himself witnessed, Coleman creates a marvelous tapestry whose power is cumulative, a journey through the labyrinth of race that indelibly becomes our own.

Coming thirty years after the end of the civil rights movement, Long Way to Go not only shows us how far we have come, but it compels us to consider how far we have-or want-to go in resolving this dilemma for the generations to come.

"Coleman has written a classic."-Morris Dees, Southern Poverty Law Center

"A stunner. . . . Coleman's narrative technique is superb. . . . A brilliant work that approaches racism in America through the eyes, mouths, and hearts of those who have lived through it on the front lines."-Library Journal (starred review)

"Powerful and profound."-The Detroit News

"Compelling storytelling. . . . Tightly focused . . . intimate . . . revealing."-Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"Breaks new and important ground. . . . History and journalism at its best."-Andrew Hacker, author of Two Nations

"Disturbing. . . . This is a thought-provoking book and only a few writers are as honest as Mr. Coleman in revealing their own emotions on so many sensitive subjects."-The Washington Times

Jonathan Coleman is the best-selling author of At Mother's Request and Exit the Rainmaker. A former journalist with CBS News, he has written for Time, The New York Times Book Review, and the Chicago Tribune, among other publications, and was an advisor to President Clinton's Initiative on Race. Mr. Coleman lives in Charlottesville, where he taught at the University of Virginia, and lectures at universities around the country.

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