Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County

Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County
Author: Kristen Green
Publsiher: Harper Perennial
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2016-04-26
ISBN: 9780062268686
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County Book Excerpt:

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Combining hard-hitting investigative journalism and a sweeping family narrative, this provocative true story reveals a little-known chapter of American history: the period after the Brown v. Board of Education decision when one Virginia school system refused to integrate. In the wake of the Supreme Court’s unanimous Brown v. Board of Education decision, Virginia’s Prince Edward County refused to obey the law. Rather than desegregate, the county closed its public schools, locking and chaining the doors. The community’s white leaders quickly established a private academy, commandeering supplies from the shuttered public schools to use in their all-white classrooms. Meanwhile, black parents had few options: keep their kids at home, move across county lines, or send them to live with relatives in other states. For five years, the schools remained closed. Kristen Green, a longtime newspaper reporter, grew up in Farmville and attended Prince Edward Academy, which did not admit black students until 1986. In her journey to uncover what happened in her hometown before she was born, Green tells the stories of families divided by the school closures and of 1,700 black children denied an education. As she peels back the layers of this haunting period in our nation’s past, her own family’s role—no less complex and painful—comes to light. At once gripping, enlightening, and deeply moving, Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County is a dramatic chronicle that explores our troubled racial past and its reverberations today, and a timeless story about compassion, forgiveness, and the meaning of home.

Southern Stalemate

Southern Stalemate
Author: Christopher Bonastia
Publsiher: University of Chicago Press
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2012-01-11
ISBN: 0226063917
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Southern Stalemate Book Excerpt:

In 1959, Virginia’s Prince Edward County closed its public schools rather than obey a court order to desegregate. For five years, black children were left to fend for themselves while the courts decided if the county could continue to deny its citizens public education. Investigating this remarkable and nearly forgotten story of local, state, and federal political confrontation, Christopher Bonastia recounts the test of wills that pitted resolute African Americans against equally steadfast white segregationists in a battle over the future of public education in America. Beginning in 1951 when black high school students protested unequal facilities and continuing through the return of whites to public schools in the 1970s and 1980s, Bonastia describes the struggle over education during the civil rights era and the human suffering that came with it, as well as the inspiring determination of black residents to see justice served. Artfully exploring the lessons of the Prince Edward saga, Southern Stalemate unearths new insights about the evolution of modern conservatism and the politics of race in America.

A Little Child Shall Lead Them

A Little Child Shall Lead Them
Author: Brian J. Daugherity,Brian Grogan
Publsiher: University of Virginia Press
Total Pages: 302
Release: 2019-05-28
ISBN: 081394273X
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Little Child Shall Lead Them Book Excerpt:

In the twentieth-century struggle for racial equality, there was perhaps no setting more fraught and contentious than the public schools of the American south. In Prince Edward County, Virginia, in 1951, a student strike for better school facilities became part of the NAACP legal campaign for school desegregation. That step ultimately brought this rural, agricultural county to the Supreme Court of the United States as one of five consolidated cases in the historic 1954 ruling, Brown v. Board of Education. Unique among those cases, Prince Edward County took the extreme stance of closing its public school system entirely rather than comply with the desegregation ruling of the Court. The schools were closed for five years, from 1959 to 1964, until the Supreme Court ruling in Griffin v. County School Board of Prince Edward County ordered the restoration of public education in the county. This historical anthology brings together court cases, government documents, personal and scholarly writings, speeches, and journalism to represent the diverse voices and viewpoints of the battle in Prince Edward County for—and against—educational equality. Providing historical context and contemporary analysis, this book offers a new perspective of a largely overlooked episode and seeks to help place the struggle for public education in Prince Edward County into its proper place in the civil rights era.

Mind Your Own Business

Mind Your Own Business
Author: Sidney Harman
Publsiher: Currency
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2003-10-28
ISBN: 0385511582
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Mind Your Own Business Book Excerpt:

“The maverick’s way of conducting business forswears the leader as commanding general; it rejects the practice of top-down, authoritative command. Rather, it proposes the leader as catalyst, conscience, and inspirer . . . The true leader sees his job as setting an environment in which new ideas can emerge that neither he nor any other individual anticipated. That leap of imagination, that moment of genuine creativity, can only be inspired by a leader who encourages exploration and shows a willingness to consider a totally new approach.” --from Mind Your Own Business The corporate misdeeds of self-serving executives during the high-octane economy of the 1990s have forced many people to rethink the qualities that make a strong leader. For sixty years, Sidney Harman, the chairman and CEO of the world’s premier manufacturer of high-end audio equipment, has stood apart from the crowd, building his business the old-fashioned way, by satisfying customers and, in doing so, making a healthy profit. His refreshingly employee-centric, bottoms-up approach to business is the secret of Harman International’s continuing success. In Mind Your Own Business, Harman shares his visionary ideas about leadership, providing a welcome contrast to the bad behavior of business leaders recently dominating the news. Harman focuses on creating a culture of personal responsibility throughout his company. He likens his top management team to a jazz quartet that listens to and improvises with one another to create harmony. He stresses the need to do more for workers at every level because employees are the company’s most valuable asset. At Harman International, he has established in-house classrooms to teach English, basic math, health, and music, and encourages his employees to pursue their potential. Now a hale and healthy eighty-five, Harman thinks that “an idea a day” is more important than the proverbial apple and that the key to a long life is a restless curiosity. In the bestselling tradition of Max DePree’s Leadership Is an Art, Mind Your Own Business is a frank, no-nonsense guide for those who want to bring strength, vitality, and values to their businesses—and to their lives.

Pop Goes the Decade The Fifties

Pop Goes the Decade  The Fifties
Author: Ralph G. Giordano
Publsiher: ABC-CLIO
Total Pages: 360
Release: 2017-06-05
ISBN: 1440844720
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Pop Goes the Decade The Fifties Book Excerpt:

Covering significant historical and cultural moments, public figures and celebrities, art and entertainment, and technology that influenced life during the decade, this book documents the 1950s through the lens of popular culture. • Presents a balanced perspective on the decade that debunks the popular myth that the 1950s was uniformly a happy, carefree time of wholesome fun and "the good old days" • Documents the suburban transformation that drastically changed American society • Provides data that shows television viewing statistics and viewer ratings that helps readers see the influence of television media in the 1950s • Includes a section that explores how the changes within the 1950s have a legacy that continue to affect our current cultural climate

Democracy in Chains

Democracy in Chains
Author: Nancy MacLean
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2017-06-13
ISBN: 1101980982
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Democracy in Chains Book Excerpt:

Winner of the Lillian Smith Book Award Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist for the National Book Award The Nation's "Most Valuable Book" “[A] vibrant intellectual history of the radical right.”—The Atlantic “This sixty-year campaign to make libertarianism mainstream and eventually take the government itself is at the heart of Democracy in Chains. . . . If you're worried about what all this means for America's future, you should be.”—NPR An explosive exposé of the right’s relentless campaign to eliminate unions, suppress voting, privatize public education, stop action on climate change, and alter the Constitution. Behind today’s headlines of billionaires taking over our government is a secretive political establishment with long, deep, and troubling roots. The capitalist radical right has been working not simply to change who rules, but to fundamentally alter the rules of democratic governance. But billionaires did not launch this movement; a white intellectual in the embattled Jim Crow South did. Democracy in Chains names its true architect—the Nobel Prize-winning political economist James McGill Buchanan—and dissects the operation he and his colleagues designed over six decades to alter every branch of government to disempower the majority. In a brilliant and engrossing narrative, Nancy MacLean shows how Buchanan forged his ideas about government in a last gasp attempt to preserve the white elite’s power in the wake of Brown v. Board of Education. In response to the widening of American democracy, he developed a brilliant, if diabolical, plan to undermine the ability of the majority to use its numbers to level the playing field between the rich and powerful and the rest of us. Corporate donors and their right-wing foundations were only too eager to support Buchanan’s work in teaching others how to divide America into “makers” and “takers.” And when a multibillionaire on a messianic mission to rewrite the social contract of the modern world, Charles Koch, discovered Buchanan, he created a vast, relentless, and multi-armed machine to carry out Buchanan’s strategy. Without Buchanan's ideas and Koch's money, the libertarian right would not have succeeded in its stealth takeover of the Republican Party as a delivery mechanism. Now, with Mike Pence as Vice President, the cause has a longtime loyalist in the White House, not to mention a phalanx of Republicans in the House, the Senate, a majority of state governments, and the courts, all carrying out the plan. That plan includes harsher laws to undermine unions, privatizing everything from schools to health care and Social Security, and keeping as many of us as possible from voting. Based on ten years of unique research, Democracy in Chains tells a chilling story of right-wing academics and big money run amok. This revelatory work of scholarship is also a call to arms to protect the achievements of twentieth-century American self-government.

Do the Best You Can t

Do the Best You Can t
Author: Bud Stumbaugh
Publsiher: Archway Publishing
Total Pages: 161
Release: 2022-04-24
ISBN: 166572126X
Category: Self-Help
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Do the Best You Can t Book Excerpt:

We’ve all been encouraged to “to do the best you can.” If you want to excel, this book suggests that may be too little. After all, anybody can do what they can do. To make the most positive impact on your own life, and maybe the whole world, you must “do the best you can’t.” You remember the names of the people who didn’t listen when they were told you can’t sail west to get east; you can’t fly an object heavier than air; you can’t sit in the front of the bus. You don’t remember the names of the people who didn’t dare to try the difficult. Maybe your “can’ts” are not as bodacious as proving the earth is not flat. But whether it’s “can’t quit smoking,” “can’t lose weight,” “can’t read a book a month,” “can’t start my own company,” “can’t control my temper” or some other “can’t,” this book reveals the processes, procedures and principles you need to practice if you want to “do the best you can’t.” Even better, it will inspire you to do it right now.

Bill Cosby Is Right

Bill Cosby Is Right
Author: Merisa Parson Davis
Publsiher: Xulon Press
Total Pages: 356
Release: 2010-04
ISBN: 1615799923
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Bill Cosby Is Right Book Excerpt:

Merisa Davis & Family Merisa Parson Davis is Dr. Bill Cosby's cousin. She is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, where she earned her Master's degree in Theological Studies. She attends First Redeemer Church in Cumming, Georgia, pastored by Dr. Richard Lee. There, she serves as a Bible teacher, youth worker, and women's conference speaker. She earned her undergraduate degree at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. (Founded by the late Dr. Jerry Falwell) There, she studied television, journalism, and Christian counseling. She is a former news reporter for WVIR-TV NBi29, in her hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia. Merisa has worked in youth ministry since 1998. Currently, she is helping create Liberty University's new Black Worship Studies Program, scheduled to begin classes in fall of 2010. She has been married for 15 years to Marc Davis, who is the owner of the Davis State Farm Insurance Agency, in Stone Mountain, Georgia. She is the proud mother of Charissa Joy and Marc Isaac. She plans to pursue her Ph.D in the near future. "For several years now I have had the joy to see, firsthand, how God is using Merisa Davis to bring a message of inspiration to others. Her book, "Bill Cosby Is Right" is a prescription for those who are seeking to move to a higher place in their work, their lives, and their faith." Dr. Richard Lee, General Editor, "The American Patriot's Bible," Founding Pastor, First Redeemer Church "I have had the opportunity of reading a portion of Merisa's book, "Bill Cosby Is Right." To say the least, it is the best that I have ever seen on the subject. My advice-secure a copy and be both informed and inspired!" Dr. Harold L. Willmington, author, "Willmington's Guide to the Bible," Dean, Willmington School of the Bible, Liberty University

Advancing Equality

Advancing Equality
Author: Jody Heymann,Aleta Sprague,Amy Raub
Publsiher: University of California Press
Total Pages: 416
Release: 2020-01-14
ISBN: 0520309634
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Advancing Equality Book Excerpt:

In a world where basic human rights are under attack and discrimination is widespread, Advancing Equality reminds us of the critical role of constitutions in creating and protecting equal rights. Combining a comparative analysis of equal rights in the constitutions of all 193 United Nations member countries with inspiring stories of activism and powerful court cases from around the globe, the book traces the trends in constitution drafting over the past half century and examines how stronger protections against discrimination have transformed lives. Looking at equal rights across gender, race and ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity, disability, social class, and migration status, the authors uncover which groups are increasingly guaranteed equal rights in constitutions, whether or not these rights on paper have been translated into practice, and which nations lag behind. Serving as a comprehensive call to action for anyone who cares about their country’s future, Advancing Equality challenges us to remember how far we all still must go for equal rights for all.

We Face the Dawn

We Face the Dawn
Author: Margaret Edds
Publsiher: University of Virginia Press
Total Pages: 424
Release: 2018-02-06
ISBN: 0813940451
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

We Face the Dawn Book Excerpt:

The decisive victories in the fight for racial equality in America were not easily won, much less inevitable; they were achieved through carefully conceived strategy and the work of tireless individuals dedicated to this most urgent struggle. In We Face the Dawn, Margaret Edds tells the gripping story of how the South's most significant grassroots legal team challenged the barriers of racial segregation in mid-century America. Virginians Oliver Hill and Spottswood Robinson initiated and argued one of the five cases that combined into the landmark Brown v. Board of Education, but their influence extends far beyond that momentous ruling. They were part of a small brotherhood, headed by social-justice pioneer Thurgood Marshall and united largely through the Howard Law School, who conceived and executed the NAACP’s assault on racial segregation in education, transportation, housing, and voting. Hill and Robinson’s work served as a model for southern states and an essential underpinning for Brown. When the Virginia General Assembly retaliated with laws designed to disbar the two lawyers and discredit the NAACP, they defiantly carried the fight to the United States Supreme Court and won. At a time when numerous schools have resegregated and the prospects of many minority children appear bleak, Hill and Robinson’s remarkably effective campaign against various forms of racial segregation can inspire a new generation to embrace educational opportunity as the birthright of every American child.

The African Methodist Episcopal Church

The African Methodist Episcopal Church
Author: Dennis C. Dickerson
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 615
Release: 2020-01-09
ISBN: 0521191521
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The African Methodist Episcopal Church Book Excerpt:

Explores the emergence of African Methodism within the black Atlantic and how it struggled to sustain its liberationist identity.

Christians Against Christianity

Christians Against Christianity
Author: Obery M. Hendricks Jr
Publsiher: Beacon Press
Total Pages: 232
Release: 2021-07-06
ISBN: 080705741X
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Christians Against Christianity Book Excerpt:

A timely and galvanizing work that examines how right-wing evangelical Christians have veered from an admirable faith to a pernicious, destructive ideology. Today’s right-wing Evangelical Christianity stands as the very antithesis of the message of Jesus Christ. In his new book, Christians Against Christianity, best-selling author and religious scholar Obery M. Hendricks Jr. challenges right-wing evangelicals on the terrain of their own religious claims, exposing the falsehoods, contradictions, and misuses of the Bible that are embedded in their rabid homophobia, their poorly veiled racism and demonizing of immigrants and Muslims, and their ungodly alliance with big business against the interests of American workers. He scathingly indicts the religious leaders who helped facilitate the rise of the notoriously unchristian Donald Trump, likening them to the “court jesters” and hypocritical priestly sycophants of bygone eras who unquestioningly supported their sovereigns’ every act, no matter how hateful or destructive to those they were supposed to serve. In the wake of the deadly insurrectionist attack on the US Capitol, Christians Against Christianity is a clarion call to stand up to the hypocrisy of the evangelical Right, as well as a guide for Christians to return their faith to the life-affirming message that Jesus brought and died for. What Hendricks offers is a provocative diagnosis, an urgent warning that right-wing evangelicals’ aspirations for Christian nationalist supremacy are a looming threat, not only to Christian decency but to democracy itself. What they offer to America is anything but good news.

Moonlight on a Weathered Path

Moonlight on a Weathered Path
Author: Jamantha Williams Watson
Publsiher: AuthorHouse
Total Pages: 437
Release: 2013
ISBN: 1477273204
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Moonlight on a Weathered Path Book Excerpt:

Jamantha Williams Watson takes us inside the lives of several individuals struggling to find their places in a world where fairness, morality and civility do not always apply. From Slippery Slopes to Locked Out Watson's characters live in a world where their dreams often supersede their realm of reality; a world where things are not always as they seem. Though Watson's style is subtle and sophisticated it is also jarring, leaving the reader on the edge of their seat. In Moonlight on a Weathered Path: Selected Readings for Dramatic Interpretation, we experience Watson's stories and live with her characters even after the last page is turned.

Truevine

Truevine
Author: Beth Macy
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 432
Release: 2016-10-18
ISBN: 0316337560
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Truevine Book Excerpt:

The true story of two African-American brothers who were kidnapped and displayed as circus freaks, and whose mother endured a 28-year struggle to get them back. The year was 1899 and the place a sweltering tobacco farm in the Jim Crow South town of Truevine, Virginia. George and Willie Muse were two little boys born to a sharecropper family. One day a white man offered them a piece of candy, setting off events that would take them around the world and change their lives forever. Captured into the circus, the Muse brothers performed for royalty at Buckingham Palace and headlined over a dozen sold-out shows at New York's Madison Square Garden. They were global superstars in a pre-broadcast era. But the very root of their success was in the color of their skin and in the outrageous caricatures they were forced to assume: supposed cannibals, sheep-headed freaks, even "Ambassadors from Mars." Back home, their mother never accepted that they were "gone" and spent 28 years trying to get them back. Through hundreds of interviews and decades of research, Beth Macy expertly explores a central and difficult question: Where were the brothers better off? On the world stage as stars or in poverty at home? Truevine is a compelling narrative rich in historical detail and rife with implications to race relations today.

Making Up Our Mind

Making Up Our Mind
Author: Sigal R. Ben-Porath,Michael C. Johanek
Publsiher: History and Philosophy of Educ
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2019-04-15
ISBN: 022661963X
Category: Education
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Making Up Our Mind Book Excerpt:

If free market advocates had total control over education policy, would the shared public system of education collapse? Would school choice revitalize schooling with its innovative force? With proliferating charters and voucher schemes, would the United States finally make a dramatic break with its past and expand parental choice? Those are not only the wrong questions--they're the wrong premises, argue philosopher Sigal R. Ben-Porath and historian Michael C. Johanek in Making Up Our Mind. Market-driven school choices aren't new. They predate the republic, and for generations parents have chosen to educate their children through an evolving mix of publicly supported, private, charitable, and entrepreneurial enterprises. The question is not whether to have school choice. It is how we will regulate who has which choices in our mixed market for schooling--and what we, as a nation, hope to accomplish with that mix of choices. Looking beyond the simplistic divide between those who oppose government intervention and those who support public education, the authors make the case for a structured landscape of choice in schooling, one that protects the interests of children and of society, while also identifying key shared values on which a broadly acceptable policy could rest.

The Dual Enrollment Kaleidoscope

The Dual Enrollment Kaleidoscope
Author: Christine Denecker,Casie Moreland
Publsiher: University Press of Colorado
Total Pages: 257
Release: 2022-10-14
ISBN: 1646422538
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Dual Enrollment Kaleidoscope Book Excerpt:

The Dual Enrollment Kaleidoscope serves as a starting point for elevating the voices of those who do dual enrollment (DE) work—those who historicize, legitimize, scrutinize, critically analyze, align, and assess it—pushing readers beyond unique, singular views of DE first-year composition and positioning DE’s impact on composition instruction as one that shifts dependent upon perspective. Just as kaleidoscopes reconfigure images, DE provides writing studies with reflecting images of what FYC was, is, and could be. DE disrupts long-held beliefs of who should take and who should teach college writing. Giving higher education pause about the place of writing instruction within the academy, DE force those in the field to reflect upon the purposes and value of FYC and its pedagogical approaches. Featuring seventeen chapters written by a wide and diverse range of authors, this collection includes the voices of prominent scholars in rhetoric and composition at two- and four-year public and private institutions, as well as emerging scholars in the field. It also features a variety of methodologies, including archival research, quantitative and qualitative data collection, and autoethnography. Few texts have been published on dual enrollment writing in rhetoric and composition studies. The Dual Enrollment Kaleidoscope should be mandatory reading for anyone interested in or tasked with doing the work of DE writing instruction, administration, mentoring, or assessment. Contributors: Dominic Ashby, Anna Bogen, Tyler Branson, Melanie Burdick, Scott Campbell, Christine R. Farris, David Gehler, Leigh Graziano, Jane Greer, Jennifer Hadley, Jacquelyn Hoermann-Elliott, Joseph Jones, Nancy Knowles, Amy Lueck, Miles McCrimmon, Katie McWain, Annie S. Mendenhall, Keith Miller, Brice Nordquist, Cornelia Paraskevas, Jill Parrot, Shirley K Rose, Barbara Schneider, Erin Scott-Stewart

Law and Society

Law and Society
Author: Matthew Lippman
Publsiher: SAGE Publications
Total Pages: 624
Release: 2017-09-13
ISBN: 1506395422
Category: Law
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Law and Society Book Excerpt:

“This is a well-rounded book that seems more interesting to students than other books I have used. It provides information on some cutting-edge themes in law and society while staying well grounded in the theories used by law and society practitioners.” —Lydia Brashear Tiede, Associate Professor, University of Houston Law and Society, Second Edition, offers a contemporary, concise overview of the structure and function of legal institutions, along with a lively discussion of both criminal and civil law and their impact on society. Unlike other books on law and society, Matthew Lippman takes an interdisciplinary approach that highlights the relevance of the law throughout our society. Distinctive coverage of diversity, inequality, civil liberties, and globalism is intertwined through an organized theme in a strong narrative. The highly anticipated Second Edition of this practical and invigorating text introduces students to both the influence of law on society and the influence of society on the law. Discussions of the pressing issues facing today’s society include key topics such as the law and inequality, international human rights, privacy and surveillance, and law and social control. Log in at study.sagepub.com/lippmanls2e for additional teaching and learning tools.

Kill Switch The Rise of the Modern Senate and the Crippling of American Democracy

Kill Switch  The Rise of the Modern Senate and the Crippling of American Democracy
Author: Adam Jentleson
Publsiher: Liveright Publishing
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2021-01-12
ISBN: 1631497782
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Kill Switch The Rise of the Modern Senate and the Crippling of American Democracy Book Excerpt:

An insider’s account of how politicians representing a radical white minority of Americans have used “the world’s greatest deliberative body” to hijack our democracy. Every major decision governing our diverse, majority-female, and increasingly liberal country bears the stamp of the United States Senate, an institution controlled by people who are almost exclusively white, overwhelmingly male, and disproportionately conservative. Although they do not represent a majority of Americans—and will not for the foreseeable future—today’s Republican senators possess the power to block most legislation. Once known as “the world’s greatest deliberative body,” the Senate has become one of the greatest threats to our democracy. How did this happen? In Kill Switch, Senate insider Adam Jentleson contends that far from reflecting the Framers’ vision, the Senate has been transformed over the decades by a tenacious minority of white conservatives. From John Calhoun in the mid-1800s to Mitch McConnell in the 2010s, their primary weapon has been the filibuster, or the requirement that most legislation secure the support of a supermajority of senators. Yet, as Jentleson reveals, the filibuster was not a feature of the original Senate and, in allowing a determined minority to gridlock the federal government, runs utterly counter to the Framers’ intent. For much of its history, the filibuster was used primarily to prevent civil rights legislation from becoming law. But more recently, Republicans have refined it into a tool for imposing their will on all issues, wielding it to thwart an increasingly progressive American majority represented by Barack Obama’s agenda and appointees. Under Donald Trump, McConnell merged the filibuster with rigid leadership structures initially forged by Lyndon Johnson, in the process surrendering the Senate’s independence and centrality, as infamously shown by its acquiescence in Trump’s impeachment trial. The result is a failed institution and a crippled democracy. Taking us into the Capitol Hill backrooms where the institution’s decline is most evident, Jentleson shows that many of the greatest challenges of our era—partisan polarization, dark money, a media culture built on manufactured outrage—converge within the Senate. Even as he charts the larger forces that have shaped the institution where he served, Jentleson offers incisive portraits of the powerful senators who laid the foundation for the modern Senate, from Calhoun to McConnell to LBJ’s mentor, Richard Russell, to the unapologetic racist Jesse Helms. An essential, revelatory investigation, Kill Switch ultimately makes clear that unless we immediately and drastically reform the Senate’s rules and practices—starting with reforming the filibuster—we face the prospect of permanent minority rule in America.

Virginia Politics Government in a New Century

Virginia Politics   Government in a New Century
Author: Jeff Thomas
Publsiher: Arcadia Publishing
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2016-10-24
ISBN: 1439658285
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Virginia Politics Government in a New Century Book Excerpt:

The modern political landscape of Virginia bears little resemblance to the past. The commonwealth is a nationally influential swing state alongside stalwarts like Florida or Ohio. But with increased power comes greater scrutiny—and corruption. Governor Bob McDonnell received a jail sentence on federal corruption charges, later vacated by the U.S. Supreme Court. Corporate influence on the state legislature and other leaders resulted in numerous ethics violations. Scandal erupted at the prestigious University of Virginia when the school ousted its president amid political drama and intrigue. Author Jeff Thomas reveals the intersection of money, power and politics and the corrosive effect on government in a new era.

Scholarship Boy

Scholarship Boy
Author: Larry I. Palmerr
Publsiher: Paul Dry Books
Total Pages: 258
Release: 2020-04-28
ISBN: 1589881451
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Scholarship Boy Book Excerpt:

"Palmer was fourteen years old in September 1958 when he made the unlikely journey alone by train to Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. It is impossible to read this boy’s story―‘ninth child of ten, and the sixth of seven sons’―without feeling the loneliness of that first passage away from home―a black boy crossing into a bastion of white privilege―and the scale of the transformation that awaited him."―Carrie Brown, author of The Stargazer's Sister "My friendship with Larry has been among the most enduring of my Exeter friendships, but―before I read his memoir of social and racial dislocation―I never knew the story that unfolded in the home Larry left when he came to Exeter. Larry’s remarkable family story gives me a deeper appreciation of someone I met as a teenager and have known all my life. As a teammate and a friend, I always loved Larry. Now I understand him more."―John Irving “Larry Palmer’s Scholarship Boy is a poignant exploration of family, longing, and cultural disorientation, seen through the eyes of an African American teenager sent to live and study at a prestigious New England prep school in the 1950s. This absorbing story reminds us that the questions of race and identity we wrestle with today are nothing new, and progress, when it comes at all, often comes at a snail’s pace.”―Dinty W. Moore, author of Between Panic & Desire “Near the end of Larry Palmer’s fine memoir Scholarship Boy his family tries to assemble for a family portrait. The picture is difficult to compose: the family members are moving hither and yon, reassembling in different configurations, struggling to honor the intricacies that govern the Palmer clan. And they are a rich and complex family, with Lear-like grand personalities. Scholarship Boy is also a book about a very brilliant young man who went to Phillips Exeter, Harvard College, and Yale Law School. It is a tale of his loneliness, his desire to honor his parents’ dictates, his difficulty in living in two worlds, and his ability, thank goodness, to find mentors, institutions, and friends to sustain him. It is also a very poignant narrative, full of pathos and love, about one family’s participation in recent African American history, including segregation, school integration, and dreams fulfilled and nullified. Honest, gracefully written, and uncompromisingly vulnerable, Larry Palmer’s book is unceremoniously generous. Palmer does not grandstand: He is never simply this or that. He is, in the best sense, simply himself: A man trying to stand in a furious whirlwind.” ―Kenneth A. McClane, W.E.B. DuBois Professor of Literature Emeritus, Cornell University “On the surface, this is the story of a black boy’s adventure of finding his way in the all-white, blazers, ties and sports world of an all-boys boarding school in the 1950s. Its heart, however, is the family this boy comes from. As the next to the youngest of ten, it was the older brothers and sisters who gave this scholarship boy the chops to navigate the treacherous waters of an alien world with aplomb and make the best of his opportunities. What an apt tribute that each of them gets to step into the limelight of this luminous coming-of-age memoir.”―Annette Gendler, author of Jumping Over Shadows and How to Write Compelling Stories from Family History