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Eric Foner & Randall Kennedy, Reclaiming Integration, Nation, Dec. 14, 1998, at 11.

Abstract: This special series of feature articles in this journal hopes to rekindle critical discussion of integration by examining whether it remains, thirty years after the end of the civil rights era, a desirable goal and a viable political strategy. The seven essays that follow do not claim to cover every aspect of the subject, or to represent all points of view within today's political spectrum. One conceive of this as a discussion within the journal's extended family, focused on questions essential to a modem assessment of integration. Although racial discourse in America has increasingly moved away from the bipolar categories of white and Afro-Americans, these essays address the experience of African-Americans and how fully American society lives up to its professed creed of equal rights and opportunities for all.