Question For The Room

Received this note today:

I read your blog all the time and enjoy your perspective. I was really pleased to see you plug The Promised Land in a recent post. I had just finished that book and thought it was brilliant. It really laid out how the context I grew up in came about, but it trailed off right around the time I was born, and left me hungry for a continuation of the story of public policy and poor blacks later in the 70s and on into the 80's. Any recommendations?

I can't think of anything quite that epic. Jason Deparle has some good stuff on the 90s, and welfare reform, but from the perspective of history, I'm actually stumped. Any thoughts?

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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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