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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.

A New York Times Editors’ Choice.
Amazon: Best Books of 2019 So Far (History).
Winner, J. Anthony Lukas Award (excellence in nonfiction).
Longlisted, 2019 Cundill Prize (international award for history writing).
Goodreads: A Best Book of the Month (February, in History).

“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


At ⁦@SoFestofBooks⁩ in #Nashville, a fascinating panel, “Shared History,”
w/ ⁦@ProenzaColes⁩ and ⁦@carrieegibson⁩ talking about their books, “American Founders,” and “El Norte.” Looking at early US history through a Latino and African prism. Catch it on C-SPAN!

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Steve Luxenberg

Steve Luxenberg is a Washington Post associate editor and author of the award-winning Annie’s Ghosts: A Journey Into a Family Secret. His new 2019 book, Separate, was named a New York Times Editors’ Choice, as well as a Best Book of the Month by both Amazon and Goodreads. It won the J. Anthony Lukas Award for excellence in nonfiction, and was longlisted for the 2019 Cundill History Prize, which honors the best history writing in English.