First Edition of Children of Crisis; Inscribed by Robert Coles to Senator Edward Kennedy

  • Children of Crisis: A Study of Courage and Fear.

Children of Crisis: A Study of Courage and Fear.


Item Number: 5525

Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1967.

First edition of the author’s classic work, which went on to win the Pulitzer Prize. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to Senator and fellow classmate at Harvard Edward Kennedy, “To Edward Kennedy with best regards Robert Coles July, 1967.” A nice association linking these two great crusaders of children who fought poverty and aided in the betterment of children everywhere. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with a few coffee stains to the front panel.

In the 1950s Robert Coles began studying, living among, and, above all, listening to American children. The results of his efforts--revealed in five volumes published between 1967 and 1977--constitute one of the most searching and vigorous social studies ever undertaken by one person in the United States. Here, heard often in their own voices, are America's "children of crisis": African American children caught in the throes of the South's racial integration; The children of impoverished migrant workers in Appalachia; Children whose families were transformed by the migration from South to North, from rural to urban communities; Latino, Native American, and Eskimo children in the poorest communities of the American West; The children of America's wealthiest families confronting the burden of their own privilege. Listed by Modern Library as one of the greatest English-language nonfiction books of the 20th century.

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