Gene Dattel
Associated Press

A national problem

Books | Racism has been historically a failing in the North as well as the South
by Gene Dattel
Posted 12/16/17, 10:10 am

Gene Dattel’s Reckoning with Race: America’s Failure made our 2017 Books of the Year short list in the “Understanding America” category because it teaches us what many overlook: Racism was as much a Northern failing as a Southern one. During the first half of the 19th century Northerners tried to keep African-Americans from coming into their states, and took away voting rights if they did. After the Civil War, Northerners worked hard to keep freed slaves away.

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