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A myth-shattering narrative from award-winning author Steve Luxenberg

Plessy v. Ferguson, the Supreme Court case synonymous with “separate but equal,” created remarkably little stir when the justices announced their decision on May 18, 1896. Yet it is one of the most compelling stories of the nineteenth century.

“This is ‘big history,’ deeply researched and well-told.”

–From the J. Anthony Lukas Award’s Jury Citation

“A brilliant milestone in understanding the history of race relations in America.”

–Bob Woodward, author of Fear: Trump in the White House

“Deeply moving, devastatingly relevant.”

–Katherine Boo, author of Behind the Beautiful Forevers


On #PresidentsDay, a thread of a dozen presidential quotes on the press, focusing on the strength of the sentiment expressed, and not the speaker's overall record of press relations. #history #POTUS #twitterstorians

In chronological order, beginning with George Washington:

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Steve Luxenberg

Steve Luxenberg, an associate editor at The Washington Post and author of the award-winning Annie’s Ghosts: A Journey Into a Family Secret, has worked for 40 years as a newspaper editor and reporter.