The White Hart Speaker Series: Gene Dattel - "Reckoning with Race: America's Failure"

Event date: 
Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
The White Hart Inn
15 Undermountain Road
Salisbury, CT 06068

The White Hart Speaker Series is presented in collaboration with Oblong Books & Music & Scoville Memorial Library

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Reckoning with Race confronts America's most intractable problem and why the nation cannot have a frank discussion about race. It examines racial issues through black voices. The book outlines in a provocative, novel manner the black America’s experience from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the present. It explodes myths about the South as America's exclusive racial scapegoat. The book moves to the Great Migration north, the urban ghettos, and current events and conditions.

The evergreen topics of identity, assimilation, and separation come to the fore in Dattel's balanced, uncompromising, and unflinching narrative. Despite civil rights legislation, the racial divide between the races remains a chasm. A plethora of reports, commissions, conferences, and other highly visible gestures, purporting to do something have generated publicity, but educational and economic gaps persist.

The major task persists – how to bring the mass of black Americans into the economic mainstream.

Gene Dattel grew up in the majority-black cotton country of the Mississippi Delta. He was educated at Yale University and Vanderbilt University Law School. He then embarked on a twenty-year career in finance as a managing director of Salomon Brothers and Morgan Stanley. He lived overseas for fifteen years—London, Hong Kong, and Tokyo during his financial profession. His first book The Sun that Never Rose presciently outlined Japan's long term structural economic problems when conventional wisdom predicted an unassailable economic juggernaut. His most recent book, Cotton and Race in the Making of America (2009) describes the fateful intersection of the power of cotton to the African American experience. He is now a financial and cultural historian who lectures widely.

Reckoning with Race: America's Failure Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594039096
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Published: Encounter Books - September 19th, 2017

Cotton and Race in the Making of America: The Human Costs of Economic Power Cover Image
ISBN: 9781566639682
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Published: Ivan R. Dee Publisher - December 16th, 2011