Separate: The Story of Plessy V. Ferguson, and America's Journey from Slavery to Segregation

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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.9 X 9.3 X 1.8 inches | 2.25 pounds

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About the Author

Steve Luxenberg is the author of Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson, and America's Journey from Slavery to Segregation and the critically acclaimed Annie's Ghosts: A Journey into a Family Secret. During his thirty years as a Washington Post senior editor, he has overseen reporting that has earned numerous national honors, including two Pulitzer Prizes.


A surprising, compelling, and brilliant milestone in understanding the history of race relations in America.--Bob Woodward, author of Fear: Trump in the White House
This is a compulsively readable work of serious history, the absorbing and timely story of a disastrous U.S. Supreme Court decision, freshly told through the lives of those directly involved. Steve Luxenberg's scholarship is deep and impressive; his writing even more so. This is history as it was lived, giving us a sense not only of the deep racism of the period, but the struggle of decent men and women to overcome it, in society and, most importantly, in themselves.--Mark Bowden, author of Black Hawk Down and Hue 1968: A Turning Point in the American War in Vietnam
Forensically researched, deeply moving, devastatingly relevant.--Katherine Boo, author of Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
A magisterial assessment of a U.S. Supreme Court's grievous moral collapse...a definitive work on the 1896 legal drama that afflicts us to this day.--David Simon, author and creator of HBO's The Wire many surprises, absurdities and ironies....Segregation is not one story but many. Luxenberg has written his with energy, elegance and a heart aching for a world without it.--James Goodman
A dazzlingly well-reported chronicle of an important period....Luxenberg repeatedly manages to tell us stories that capture both the hope and hopelessness that has been central to America's long argument about race....An eye-opening journey through some of the darkest passages and haunting corridors of American history.--Terence Samuel