The State Must Provide: Why America's Colleges Have Always Been Unequal--And How to Set Them Right
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About the Author
Adam Harris is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he has covered education and national politics since 2018, and the author of The State Must Provide, a narrative history of racial inequality in higher education. He was previously a reporter at the Chronicle of Higher Education where he covered federal education policy and historically black colleges and universities. He is a 2021 New America Fellow, was named to the 2021 Forbes 30 Under 30 list, and was the recipient of the Rising Star Award by the News Media Alliance. His writing has also appeared in BBC, Bleacher Report, ProPublica, and EBONY.
Adam Harris shows how the dark history of America's vaunted higher education system continues to prevent true equality. He's the kind of journalist we most need: meticulous in his research, careful in his thinking, passionate in his vision. This book is powerful, quietly angry, revelatory, and utterly persuasive.--George Packer, author of Last Best Hope and The Unwinding
"Adam Harris' definitive and necessary book shows how thoroughly the U.S. has barred Black people from its halls of higher learning, and how high those barriers remain today. Harris's storytelling is vivid, his reporting is immaculate, and his case is damning. This book is a punch in the gut. Let it also be a line in the sand."--Ed Yong, author of I Contain Multitudes
"A spectacular book--the research alone is a tour de force. Harris makes an indisputable argument about the historical and ongoing role of the state in crippling Black higher education in a book that is passionate and a delight to read."--Ted Mitchell, President of the American Council on Education and former Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education