Faces at the Bottom of the Well: The Permanence of Racism

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Basic Books
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5.5 X 8.2 X 0.8 inches | 0.58 pounds

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About the Author
Derrick Bell (1930-2011) was a civil rights attorney, pioneering legal scholar, professor, and political activist. A full-time visiting professor at New York University Law School for over two decades, he was previously the first tenured African American professor on the faculty of Harvard Law School and the first African American dean of the University of Oregon School of Law. He is also the author of And We Are Not Saved and several other books.
"Derrick Bell, who is often described as the founder or godfather of critical race theory.... has been an important influence on some of today's most influential writers on race, such as Ta-Nehisi Coates and Michelle Alexander.... For his supporters and critics alike, Derrick Bell remains a central figure. Nearly three decades after the publication of his most widely read book [Faces at the Bottom of the Well], his stark vision of the racial divide in American society and history has retained its power to provoke debate and activism across the political spectrum."--Wall Street Journal
"Bell's perspective retains its relevance. Even after his death, it has been far easier to disagree with him than to prove him wrong."--Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker
"Eerily prophetic, almost haunting, and yet at the same time oddly reassuring."--Michelle Alexander, from the Foreword
"Effective...chilling."--New York Times Book Review
"A disturbing but ultimately inspiring book."--San Francisco Chronicle