This book examines the ongoing struggle for social justice by and for African Americans. Examining the persistent rolling back of civil and voting rights for this population and other minorities since the end of Reconstruction, the author discusses the continued colonization of African Americans and the rise of white nationalism before considering what can be done to create a democratic version of Americanism. With discussions on the possibilities that exist for eliminating health disparities, increasing income and reducing wealth inequality, enhancing the urban environment and housing stability, reforming criminal justice, and reconsidering the case for reparations for the descendants of slaves, the author considers whether white nationalism is a threat to Democratic Americanism and if the declining fortunes of working class Americans can be reversed by means of a "Marshall Plan" for the United States. A study of the sustained racial injustices of American society over the last century and a half and their possible remedies, A Nation Apart will appeal to all those with interests in race and ethnicity and questions of social justice.

chapter |2 pages

A brief introduction

part I|2 pages

The continued colonization of African Americans

chapter 1|5 pages

Contemporary African-American insecurity

chapter 2|7 pages

The building of incapacity

Race, poverty, subordination, and gaps in health services

chapter 5|6 pages

Gaps in government services and regulation

Maintaining incapacity and insecurity

part II|1 pages

The systematic undoing of civil rights and federal supports for African Americans

chapter 7|7 pages

The promise of Reconstruction

chapter 8|8 pages

Jim Crow law and customs

A return to white hegemony

chapter 10|8 pages

Twentieth-century civil rights legislation

Expanding civil rights and protecting voting rights

chapter 11|16 pages

The incubation of white populism

part III|4 pages

The triumph of the white nationalists

chapter 12|8 pages

The making of the American working class

A brief historical discussion

part IV|2 pages

Advancing democratic Americanism