Democracy & Dissent Book Group

This group, facilitated by Gisela Jernigan, discusses non-fiction books on many topics, most with a  political-sociological bent. They've discussed books about education, politics, food, urban planning, border issues, economics, and issues of race and culture.
This group meets on the first Sunday of the month at 2:00pm.
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How Democracies Die Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524762940
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Published: Broadway Books - January 8th, 2019

Discussion on Sunday, July 7 at 2:00 pm.

Drawing on decades of research and a wide range of historical and global examples, Harvard University professors Levitsky and Ziblatt examine the steady weakening of critical institutions and the gradual erosion of long-standing political norms in the United States.

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Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399588198
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - February 12th, 2019

Discussion on Sunday, August 4 at 2:00 pm.

The bestselling memoir from the host of The Daily Show explores the realities of growing up under apartheid with unflinching honesty and sparkling wit. Born to a white Swiss father and a block Xhosa mother, Trevor Noah’s memoir is as much an account of his unique childhood as it is a tribute to his astonishingly fearless mother.

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631494536
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - May 2018

Discussion on Sunday, September 1 at 2:00 pm.

This groundbreaking history of the modern American metropolis examines the laws and policy decisions passed by local, state, and federal governments that promoted discriminatory patterns that contributed to segregation and continue to this day. Housing policy expert Richard Rothstein chronicles an untold story that began in the 1920s with explicit racial zoning and continues to contribute to persistent racial unrest in cities like Baltimore, Ferguson, and Minneapolis.