Jonathan Kozol

1994 Lannan Literary Award for Nonfiction

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Jonathan Kozol‘s books have set the agenda for social change for three decades, covering issues such as illiteracy, homelessness, racial segregation, and poverty in America.  His publications include Savage Inequalities, Amazing Grace, and Ordinary Resurrections. For his book, The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America, Kozol visited 60 schools in 11 states over a five-year period and finds, despite the promise of Brown v. Board of Education, many schools serving black and Hispanic children are spiraling backward to the pre-Brown era. His most recent book, Letters to a Young Teacher, is a guide into “the joys and challenges and passionate rewards of a beautiful profession.”

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