Books That Inspire 2013

Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools
Jonathan Kozol

New England Book Award for Non-Fiction (1992).

Jonathan Kozol's Savage Inequalities spoke to my experiences from attending high school in Muskogee, Oklahoma, a relatively impoverished and demographically diverse town. Kozol chronicled his observations from an array of American public school systems of disparate social and economic classes. His observations exhibited the drastic differences in quality of education received of children of differing classes and races. Kozol claimed that America has not completely overcome racial segregation in public schools, due to the unequal distribution of public school funding resulting from property taxes. This book opened my eyes to the injustices done to children of impoverished cities, and the hardships they face.

Vicki Thompson
Staff Assistant III, Acquisitions
University Libraries