Moynihan Report

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Beyond Civil Rights: The Moynihan Report and Its Legacy is now in paperback.  It offers the definitive account of the long-running controversy over the 1965 government document, The Negro Family.  I am fascinated by the many ways the report has been interpreted and disturbed by how some have used it to rationalize racial inequality.

I recently reflected on uses of the report after my book came out.  For the Washington Post, I rejected notions that the answer to Trumpism is more Moynihans.



For more details at the University of Pennsylvania Press site, see here.

You can read excepts of the book at Salon and Jacobin.

I annotated an online edition of the Moynihan Report for The Atlantic to complement its October 2015 cover story by Ta-Nehisi Coates, “The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration.”  I hope this serves as a resource for years to come for teachers, students, and anyone interested in the report.


For my views on the contemporary politics of the report, see my piece at In These Times and its sequel, and my response to Stephen Steinberg at Boston Review.

I was interviewed about the book for Biographile and wrote a blog post for Penn Press explaining how I came to write the book.
You can also view video of a roundtable discussion about my book at the University of Michigan’s Gerald Ford School of Public Policy.


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