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The Children in Room E4

Genre: Politics and Current Events, Nonfiction; Author: Susan Eaton; Publisher: Algonquin Books

While the world segregation may inspire images of the South in the ’60s, Susan Eaton’s book. The Children in Room E4, makes a strong claim for its continued existence today. She looks at Harford, Conn., where a group of families and civil rights attorneys fought a decades-long case to prove that the state’s policies have segregated poor minorities and wealthy whites into separate school districts. While at points exhausting, Eaton ably hammers home the system’s inequities with sympathetic looks at an inner-city teacher and her eager charges, resulting in a damning book that shines light on a particularly American dilemma. B

Originally posted January 12 2007 — 12:00 AM EST

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