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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.
“Segregation is not one story but many. Luxenberg has written his with energy, elegance and a heart aching for a world without it.”
–James Goodman, The New York Times
“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
Steve Luxenberg is an associate editor at The Washington Post and author of the award-winning Annie’s Ghosts: A Journey Into a Family Secret. His new book, Separate, won the J. Anthony Lukas Award for excellence in nonfiction.