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Caste

The Origins of Our Discontents

The word “caste” is a term Americans generally associate with other countries. Author Isabel Wilkerson uses the concept to help readers gain new insight into how some of the deepest injustices in our own nation have come to be. Race is rarely mentioned in this book, but readers will gain new perspectives on racism in the United States.

Author: Isabel Wilkerson
Year of Publishing: 2020
Number of Pages: 496

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  1. Julie VanDeHey (verified owner)

    Caste is a powerful and eye opening book about the deeplt ingrained caste system in India which shows the impact on people’s lives.

    Through stories It shows it less as a social construct and more of a force that determines people’s resources and opportunities.

    It challenged me to look at my own biases and help make a more just and equitable society.

  2. Julie VanDeHey (verified owner)

    Caste is a powerful and eye opening book about the deeply ingrained caste system in India which shows the impact on people’s lives

    Through stories It shows it less as a social construct and more of a force that determines people’s resources and opportunities.

    It challenged me to look at my own biases and help make a more just and equitable society.

  3. moriah (verified owner)

    A book that is speaking truth to the realities that every day Americans experience. To inform others how America has structured its cities and lives. Every American should read this book.

  4. tstevensgarcia (verified owner)

    Excellent look into how America’s unique system of slavery created a caste system in the United States. My favorite parts were two extended metaphors (one about medical history and the other about an old house) how and why one should study shameful parts of history.

  5. christinahedge (verified owner)

    Isabel is an amazing author! She is incredible at explaining tough concepts by using the art of storytelling and analogies. Her writing is vivid and bursts with passion.
    Her book explains the unspoken American caste system in great detail.
    I loooove reading a female scholars work.
    Thanks ford family for the opprtunity!

  6. Nickm (verified owner)

    Powerful read! Recommended to me by many and it did not disappoint. Extremely truthful.

  7. sterling (verified owner)

    Wonderful and terrible and eye opening

  8. garciac113 (verified owner)

    Excellent read

  9. chochis (verified owner)

    This is an incredibly important book. I’ve always believed the idea that we Americans were taught early on: “education is the great equalizer” but it seems that some people are born into an inherently disadvantaged path. They are destined to have a greater difficulty in achieving the same things others take for granted. It really has challenged the merit-based system I believed America was operating within. There are inherent biases in every day systems and I’ve become more aware of them thanks to this book. Should be a must-read for all highschoolers.

  10. nelsolau (verified owner)

    Rich, informative. Must read.

  11. sebastian (verified owner)

    This book contributes to great understanding of the divisiveness endemic in our country today. Furthermore, it educates the reader on the origins of the many ills that divide us. Great read.

  12. palomich91 (verified owner)

    I had heard about this book and it was such a interesting read. I learned so much!

  13. Nicole Owens (verified owner)

    Eye opening – great discussion with family

  14. Dawn Yates (verified owner)

    Very interesting topic that the author explains in a way that non scholars can follow.

  15. Juliana Minn (verified owner)

    Good book with great historical and personal accounts to help illustrate the author’s theory. Accounts are from the U.S., Europe (mostly circa WW2), and India. I still think that there is more at play in discrimination whether in the U.S. or elsewhere, however (i.e., we cannot discount the effects of class completely and racism has deeper roots that go farther back than the author theorizes).

  16. kroundy (verified owner)

    Using social stratification systems across societies in the 20th century as a comparative backdrop, Wilkerson presents a damning examination of modern America and the legacy of our own racial and social caste system that has served to limit mobility and opportunity among Americans of color for much of our past and present. Ever present and often overlooked, this system of injustices barring large segments of the population from full, equitable participation provides eye-opening evidence that could benefit all readers in understanding our current social, economic, and political schisms we face as a nation today.

  17. Justin Chin (verified owner)

    Addictive and immersive read

  18. ChristinaC (verified owner)

    Such an amazing book. Everyone should read it!

  19. TayM (verified owner)

    An amazing book! The history lesson that everyone needs to know.

  20. CJ (verified owner)

    Stunning! The best and most comprehensive examination of the deeper, insidious, long-lasting impacts of America’s slavery system paralleled with comparisons to India’s caste system.

  21. arnoldlk (verified owner)

    Such an engaging read with a lot of history. An eye opening book that gives a different perspective and framework for understanding racism in America. I really enjoyed the writing style as well.

  22. tkwilson (verified owner)

    Read the first chapter and I’m already interested in reading more but it does take a lot of energy to read as a POC, but also empowering to know more about why

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