Stories of Gender, Race, and Finding HomeBook - 2011
From the heroic lawyer who spoke out against Clarence Thomas in the historic confirmation hearings twenty years ago
At the historic Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings, Anita Hill spoke out courageously about workplace sexual harassment. Now she turns to the topic of home. As our country reels from the subprime mortgage meltdown and the resulting devastation of so many families and communities, Hill takes us inside this “crisis of home” and exposes its deep roots in race and gender inequities, which continue to imperil every American’s ability to achieve the American Dream. In this period of recovery and its aftermath, what is at stake is the inclusive democracy the Constitution promises. The achievement of that ideal, Hill argues, depends on each American’s ability to secure a place that provides access to every opportunity our country offers. Building on the great strides of the women’s and civil rights movements, Hill presents concrete proposals that encourage us to broaden our thinking about home and to reimagine equality for America’s future.
Baker & Taylor
Looks at the housing crisis in the United States and provides details on the lives of several African American women and their journeys to find a home.
Author Anita Hill, who charged Clarence Thomas with sexual harassment in 1991, now teaches social policy, law, and women's studies at Brandeis University. In the hope of keeping the American dream of home ownership and equality alive, she connects her own search for home, from her early years in rural Oklahoma to the metropolitan suburbs of the East Coast, to the struggles of people whose homes have been threatened due to the economic crisis that began in 2008. She profiles rural and urban men and women around the country who have become victims of predatory lending and the mortgage foreclosure crisis, and interweaves this material with her own ancestors' search for home, from slavery times to the 20th century. She also profiles literary and historical African American women. Annotation Â©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
“Anita Hill's bravery, intellect and commitment to justice galvanized a generation of women. If that weren't enough, it turns out she's also a wonderful storyteller. Reimagining Equality will change your ideas about home, race and gender—and it's also great fun to read.” --Peggy Orenstein, author of Cinderella Ate My Daughter.