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Distinguished African American poet, activist, essayist, and teacher Jordan presents an extraordinary collection of essays on the American dream, race and class, Martin Luther King and Jesse Jackson, the poverty of American education, Mike Tyson's fall, Anita Hill's testimony, and the 1992 LA riots.


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Distinguished African American poet, activist, essayist, and teacher Jordan presents an extraordinary collection of essays on the American dream, race and class, Martin Luther King and Jesse Jackson, the poverty of American education, Mike Tyson's fall, Anita Hill's testimony, and the 1992 LA riots.

30 review for Technical Difficulties: African-American Notes on the State of the Union

  1. 4 out of 5

    Bekah

    A superb, still very relevant, & necessary read for Americans. A superb, still very relevant, & necessary read for Americans.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Drew

    Reading these essays was like having daily conversations with a passionate friend about seminal events from the late '80s and early '90s: Jesse Jackson's election campaign, Anita Hill's testimony against Clarence Thomas, the Rodney King debacle, all events that loomed large in my own life at the time. As such, "Technical Difficulties" brought back a lot of memories, made more powerful by June Jordan's sharp insights and articulation of larger implications. Plus, no one has argued more persuasive Reading these essays was like having daily conversations with a passionate friend about seminal events from the late '80s and early '90s: Jesse Jackson's election campaign, Anita Hill's testimony against Clarence Thomas, the Rodney King debacle, all events that loomed large in my own life at the time. As such, "Technical Difficulties" brought back a lot of memories, made more powerful by June Jordan's sharp insights and articulation of larger implications. Plus, no one has argued more persuasively about the patriarchal white supremacy that informs "the canon" on college campuses.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Angie

    re-reading Jan 2012

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sriram

    essays, whose topic are out of date, but the way she thinks of them, and the way she writes, never is.

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