April 09, 2010
Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families by Anthony Lukas is the Pulitzer Prize-winning account of ten years in Boston that began with news of Martin Luther King's assassination, a watershed moment in the city's modern history. To bring understanding to that moment, Lukas, a former New York Times journalist, focuses on two working-class families, headed by an Irish-American widow and an African-American mother, and on a middle-class white liberal couple. Lukas goes beyond stereotypes, carefully grounding each perspective in its historical roots, whether in the antebellum South, or famine-era Ireland.
Posted by vardigan at April 9, 2010 01:48 PM