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Thernstrom, Abigail M. 1936-

Overview
Works: 28 works in 98 publications in 2 languages and 6,662 library holdings
Genres: History  Educational films  Internet videos  Television panel discussions  Nonfiction television programs  Documentary films  Abstracts  Lectures  Nonfiction films 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: E185.61, 305.896073
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Most widely held works by Abigail M Thernstrom
America in black and white : one nation, indivisible by Stephan Thernstrom( Book )

17 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in English and held by 1,736 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Racial progress ultimately depends on our common understanding that we are one nation, indivisible - that we sink or swim together, that black poverty impoverishes us all, and that black alienation eats at the nation's soul
No excuses : closing the racial gap in learning by Abigail M Thernstrom( Book )

10 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and held by 1,303 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A concerned appraisal of the racial gap in education today cites educational inequalities as a central civil rights issue, highlighting inner-city schools that demonstrate models of educational excellence while suggesting ways that educational problems can be overcome
Beyond the color line : new perspectives on race and ethnicity in America by Abigail M Thernstrom( )

12 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in English and held by 1,171 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Race and ethnicity issues facing the citizens of the US are addressed by 25 scholars and writers. Among the themes are private lives and public policies, economics law, education, and politics. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Whose votes count? : affirmative action and minority voting rights by Abigail M Thernstrom( Book )

14 editions published between 1987 and 1994 in English and held by 939 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A Twentieth Century Fund study."Includes indexes. Bibliography: p. [257]-302
The Democracy reader : classic and modern speeches, essays, poems, declarations, and documents on freedom and human rights worldwide by Diane Ravitch( Book )

10 editions published between 1982 and 1993 in English and held by 633 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Classic and modern speeches, essays, poems, declarations, and documents on freedom and human rights worldwide.-Subtitle
Affirmative action : the history of an idea( Visual )

6 editions published between 1996 and 2006 in English and held by 495 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Critics of affirmative action say that it pits Americans against each other and elevates the importance of race, gender, and ethnicity at the expense of hard work and merit. Supporters claim that discrimination remains pervasive in the U.S. and that the government must continue to play a role in aiding minorities and women. This program explores the historical roots of affirmative action and the debate over its usefulness. The program looks at several different affirmative action programs, from the University of California, Berkeley, where the university struggles with how to maintain diversity without minority preferences, to the city of Chicago, whose affirmative action programs for its police and fire departments have been challenged. The program includes archival footage and features interviews with a wide array of academic scholars
Voting rights--and wrongs : the elusive quest for racially fair elections by Abigail M Thernstrom( Book )

4 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 293 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The 1965 Voting Rights Act is the crown jewel of American civil rights legislation. Its passage marked the death knell of the Jim Crow South. But that was the beginning, not the end, of an important debate on race and representation in American democracy. When is the distribution of political power racially fair? Who counts as a representative of black and Hispanic interests? How we answer such questions shapes our politics and public policy in profound but often unrecognized ways." "The act's Original aim was Simple: Give African Americans the same political opportunity enjoyed by other citizens - the chance to vote, form political coalitions, and elect the candidates of their choice. But in the racist South, it soon became clear that access to the ballot would not, by itself, provide the political opportunity the statute promised. Most southern whites were unwilling to vote for black candidates, and southern states were ready to alter electoral systems to maintain white supremacy." "In this provocative book, Abigail Thernstrom argues that southern resistance to black political power began a process by which the act was radically revised both for good and ill. Congress, the courts, and the Justice Department altered the statute to ensure the election of blacks and Hispanics to legislative bodies ranging from school boards and county councils to the U.S. Congress. Proportional racial representation - equality of results rather than mere equal opportunity - became the revised aim of the act. Blacks came to be treated as politically different - entitled to inequality in the form of a unique political privilege." "Majority-minority districts that reserved seats for blacks and Hispanics succeeded in integrating southern politics. By now, however, those districts may perversely limit the potential power of black officeholders. "Max-black" districts typically elect candidates to the left of most voters; those officeholders rarely run in majority-white settings. Such race-conscious districting discourages the development of centrist, "post-racial" candidates like Barack Obama (who was defeated when he stood for Congress in one such district)." "The Voting Rights Act has become a period piece that today serves to keep most black legislators clustered on the sidelines of American politics - precisely the opposite of what its framers intended. A radically revised law would better serve the political interests of all Americans - minority and white voters alike."--BOOK JACKET
School choice in Massachusetts by Abigail M Thernstrom( Book )

4 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

...Examines the theory and practice of school choice within a school district with a close look at the controlled choice plans that MA cities have adopted; discusses whether market pressures will make for better schools, the issue of interdistrict choice and choice that includes private and parochial options; makes recommendations to expand parental options
Racial preference in higher education( Visual )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines racial prejudice in the American university system
Racial preferences in education( Visual )

2 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines racial prejudice in higher education in the United States
School Choice in Massachusetts. Pioneer Paper No. 5, Education in Massachusetts Series by Abigail M Thernstrom( Book )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Attempting to reconcile theory with facts, this booklet explores equity and quality issues involved with parental choice in Massachusetts. Following an overview and summary, chapters 2 and 3 examine the theory and practice of intradistrict public school choice. Chapter 2 examines the controlled choice plans adopted by cities, arguing that racial balance goals strongly limit parental choice. Families who can afford to exercise true choice flee the system, weakening the schools and exacerbating the racial and social segregation dictated by residential plans. Chapter 3 examines whether market pressure will spur school improvement. Although eliminating racial balance controls is a good first step, many parents will remain uninformed and are unlikely to demand academically superior schooling. As chapter 4 suggests, interdistrict choice is desirable, but unlikely to create a competitive market or solve the problem of poor schools. Chapter 5 discusses educational vouchers--choice that includes private and parochial options--and outlines a possible course of action for Massachusetts and other states. Vouchers should be tested with a 5-year demonstration project financed with private funds. The book includes chapter notes and an index. (Mlh)
Voting rights at a crossroads( )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Demokrasi klasik dan modern by Diane Ravitch( Book )

1 edition published in 1994 in Indonesian and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Beyond the Color Line: New Perspectives on Race and Ethnicity in America (Hoover Institution Press Publication) by Abigail M Thernstrom( Book )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

50 years after brown : why are we still talking about segregation? by Abigail M Thernstrom( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Harvard Professor Abigail Thernstrom, roughly 50 years after the landmark Brown vs Borad of Education Supreme Court decision, talks about persisting problems involving race, education, and law
Town meeting on race( Visual )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

First of three national town hall meetings, all part of President's Bill Clinton initiative on race. During his opening remarks, he outlined a plan to create educational opportunity zones, which would reward school districts for closing down failing schools and getting parents more involved in education. He also took comments from many local residents, including students, business persons and scholars
Black progress by Abigail M Thernstrom( )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Race and college admissions( Visual )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

In a formal debate on the role of Affirmative Action programs in college admissions, participants discussed the value of providing some degree of preference in admitting racial minorities
America in black and white( Visual )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The Thernstroms talk about their book, America in black and white, which is a statistical comparison of race relations during the last 50 years and suggests an end of racial preference. Followed by audience questions. At the Center for Equal Opportunity, Washington, D.C., 9/10/97
 
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America in black and white : one nation, indivisible
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No excuses : closing the racial gap in learningBeyond the color line : new perspectives on race and ethnicity in AmericaWhose votes count? : affirmative action and minority voting rightsVoting rights--and wrongs : the elusive quest for racially fair elections
Alternative Names
Abigail Thernstrom American political scientist, writer, academic

Abigail Thernstrom Amerikaans politicologe

Abigail Thernstrom politóloga estauxunidense

Thernstrom, Abigail.

Thernstrom, Abigail 1936-

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