One America in the 21st Century

The Report of President Bill Clinton's Initiative on Race

Edited and with an Introduction by Steven F. Lawson; Foreword by John Hope Franklin

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December 9, 2008
240 pages, 8.5 x 11
ISBN: 9780300116694
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Originally released in 2008, this book features the first publication in book form of the Clinton Commission on Race Initiative’s report; a foreword by commission chair John Hope Franklin; President Clinton’s speech that launched the commission; and other important materials for classes on American race relations. "The report, and this volume, will surely assume a place among the most significant works about race and the persistent challenge of racism in modern American life."—William A. Link, University of Florida

Steven F. Lawson is professor of history, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and author of the third edition of Running for Freedom. He was scholar-adviser for the award-winning PBS documentary series Eyes on the Prize.

“This report, issued under the aegis of the Clinton administration and now placed in historical context by Professor Lawson, is a welcome addition to the dialogue on race in America.”—Chandler Davidson, Rice University

"Lawson places the Franklin Commission Report in historical perspective and analyzes the Clinton presidency as well as the report in a cogent and evenhanded way. His introduction to the volume is itself worth the price of admission."—John Dittmer, Depauw University

"One America not only reminds us of the century-long struggle to place civil rights on the national agenda, but it also provides a blueprint for our continuing discourse on race."—Robert Pratt, University of Georgia

"The Franklin commission's report, and this volume, will surely assume a place among the most significant works about race and the persistent challenge of racism in modern American life."—William A. Link, University of Florida

“Steven Lawson's splendid introduction and judicious editing admirably underscore the present and future significance of One America in the indispensable Century, a report at once indispensible to our comprehension of the urgency to bridge the racial divide and a blueprint suggesting how to achieve that elusive goal. One America in the 21st Century is not just another presidential commission report. It is profoundly deserving of our sustained consideration.”—Darlene Clark Hine, Northwestern University 

"While many Americans continue to evade the persistent issue of race, Steven Lawson has helpfully reminded us of the vital contribution of John Hope Franklin and his colleagues to racial understanding. This report deserves a new look."—Clayborne Carson, editor of The Papers of Martin Luther King Jr., and founding director of the King Research and Education Institute, Stanford University

"This report received far too little attention and was marginalized when it was first issued, so Steven Lawson's work is more than welcome. As race in America is a timeless issue, Lawson's work is also timely—particularly given the historical nature of the 2008 presidential race. His introduction and careful editing adds weight to the original."—Julian Bond, Chairman, NAACP
Collecting African American Art
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

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