Isabel Wilkerson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book “Caste” tells the story of African Americans who, over six generations and more than 200 years, have experienced every imaginable form of discrimination. Drawing on family interviews, personal narratives and historical documentation, Wilkerson brilliantly illuminates America’s dark history with regard to race relations. The culmination of a decade’s worth of research, this groundbreaking work is at once heartbreaking and inspiring – an undeniable call to action for all those who seek justice for marginalized communities.
For who is this book for ?
This book is for anyone who wants to learn about the history of African Americans in America. It provides an in-depth look at the racism and discrimination that they have faced over the years, as well as their resilience and strength.
- Wilkerson’s writing is lyrical and descriptive, painting a vivid picture of the harsh realities faced by black Americans throughout history.
- The book offers an insightful look at the long-term impact of racism on individuals and families.
- Wilkerson provides powerful examples of perseverance in the face of adversity.
- The author spends too much time discussing the history of racism in America, which can be dense and difficult to follow.
- The stories of individual families are often sad and frustrating, making for a heavy read.
- Wilkerson’s focus on African American experiences sometimes excludes other marginalized groups
Learn more about the author
Isabel Wilkerson is a journalist, author and the first black female staff writer at The New York Times. She has won numerous awards for her work, including a Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing in 1994.
“Astonishing…Wilkerson has produced a work of searing beauty and dignity”
“Caste provides a comprehensive and thoughtful examination of the ways in which African Americans have experienced discrimination across generations. Wilkerson does an excellent job illustrating how these experiences have shaped black identity and contributed to persistent racial disparities. The book is very well written and accessible to a wide audience.”
“A tour de force. . . reads like a novel.”