By: Jonathan Kozol
Source: Kozol, Jonathan. Death at an Early Age: The Destruction of the Hearts and Minds of Negro Children in the Boston Public Schools. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1967, 1–7.
About the Author: Jonathan Kozol (1936–) spent his career advocating for the illiterate and the homeless. Harvard-educated and an Oxford University Rhodes scholar, he taught fourth grade in a Boston public school in 1964–65. Kozol has been working with students in poor urban neighborhoods ever since. Kozol's many books document the problems associated with poverty and lack of education.
De facto segregation was one of the most difficult issues faced by the city of Boston in the 1960s. Although the Boston School Committee developed a policy that would allow a student to attend any school with an open
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