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From the heroic lawyer who spoke out against Clarence Thomas in the historic confirmation hearings twenty years ago, Anita Hill’s first book since the best-selling Speaking Truth to Power.
On the 20th anniversary of the historic Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings, where she spoke out so courageously about workplace sexual harassment, Anita Hill turns her attention to the topic of home. As our country reels from the subprime mortgage meltdown and the resulting devastation of so many families, so many communities and even cities, Hill takes us inside the “crisis of home” we are confronting. Along the way she exposes its deep roots in race and gender inequities which continue to haunt the country and imperil every American’s ability to achieve the American Dream. Reaching back to the story of her slave ancestors, as well as narrating the stories of individuals who are now caught in the crossfire of the current housing collapse, she invites us into homes across America, from her grandparent’s homestead in Arkansas to Baltimore’s toughest neighborhoods. Hill bridges the experiences of women and men struggling to make home in our country and the world of high finance and mortgage lending. In this period of recovery and its aftermath, what is at stake is the inclusive democracy the Constitution promises. The achievement of that ideal, Hill argues, depends on each American’s ability to secure a place that provides access to every opportunity our country has to offer. Building on the great strides of the women’s and civil rights struggles, Hill presents concrete proposals, which encourage us to broaden our thinking about home and to reimagine equality for America’s future.