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The calibration of misery
To many black parents, a desegregated school is less important than a good one. A growing number even prefer to send their children to an allblack school, if it is nearby and the equal of any in the system
No one, I discover, begins to know the real geographic, democratic, indissoluble American Union in the present, or suspect it in the future, until he explores these Central States, and dwells awhile on their prairies or amid their busy towns.
Hundreds of stone slabs crowded with carved hieroglyphs have much to tell us about one of the ancient world’s most accomplished and mysterious civilizations. A group of brilliant young epigraph ers, most of them from the United States, are deciphering those hieroglyphs at a pace unimagined only thirty years ago, and important new discoveries seem imminent