Why did I love this book?
To prepare students to critique and reform inequitable social policies, social work educators need to cultivate students’ critical thinking, including the ability to critically examine narratives and presentations of fact that shape what we have come to believe about our country and the legacies of injustice.
Smith’s text does that expertly, through the compelling presentation of significant sites in U.S. history—particularly around slavery and racial oppression.
Students can be assigned to read a chapter about Monticello, Angola Prison, or downtown Manhattan. They’ll be transported to a different place and time, and they will learn to see our own moment differently.