Critical Context

Download PDF PDF Page Citation Cite Share Link Share

Last Updated on May 6, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 231

The first volume of Children of Crisis appeared when the fact of racial crisis was generally recognized and when informed, compassionate comment on the struggle for integration was widely appreciated. Among many awards, Coles received a Pulitzer Prize for the second and third volumes of Children of Crisis , collectively....

(The entire section contains 231 words.)

See This Study Guide Now

Start your 48-hour free trial to unlock this study guide. You'll also get access to more than 30,000 additional guides and more than 350,000 Homework Help questions answered by our experts.

Get 48 Hours Free Access

The first volume of Children of Crisis appeared when the fact of racial crisis was generally recognized and when informed, compassionate comment on the struggle for integration was widely appreciated. Among many awards, Coles received a Pulitzer Prize for the second and third volumes of Children of Crisis, collectively. The whole series found a large readership, to which he offered an informed, conscientious, and unconventional analysis of some of the deepest problems of American society. He showed, and called for, respect for the religious convictions and the practical ways of making do that the poor have made part of their lives.

Coles’s presentation is disconcerting, seeming at first to ask simply for justice, fairness, and tolerance but in fact calling for a far-reaching transformation of socioeconomic structures and political relationships. The second volume may be the most significant in the series, since the struggle to improve the lot of migrant families has achieved so little. Although Coles’s reluctance to accept the interpretive privileges of his own psychiatric credentials and his reliance upon Christian categories of thought have rendered his work suspect to many readers, his approach has also brought him credibility, a lasting audience, and some influence among religious people whose social views are largely conservative. With his avoidance of social science jargon, he has enabled more readers to join in informed debate concerning the future of American society.

Illustration of PDF document

Download Children of Crisis Study Guide

Subscribe Now
Previous

Analysis