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Taking Children - by Laura Briggs (Hardcover)

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Number of Pages: 256

Genre: History

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: University of California Press

Book theme: General

Author: Laura Briggs

Language: English

Street Date: May 12, 2020
TCIN: 79626420
UPC: 9780520343672
Item Number (DPCI): 247-39-8409


"Taking Children offers an alarming new perspective on US child welfare policy as political state violence and dispels the still common and misguided view that it is a form of benevolent protection of children. Laura Briggs's framing of child removal as a repressive response to social movements and rebellions by oppressed people is especially enlightening."--Dorothy E. Roberts, author of Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare

"Sweeping through the hemisphere and the centuries, this book illuminates a dark thread that runs through our history. I hope it inspires people to break that thread forever."--Adam Hochschild, author of Lessons from a Dark Time and Other Essays

"The timeliness of this short but provocative book is chilling. Taking Children could not be more relevant to our current political moment because it explores the dark but shockingly common practice of state terror over subjects who are so vulnerable that something as precious, personal, and intimate as their own children can be taken away from them. It is a well-researched book with heart, one that will inspire people in this generation to take a stand."--Jason Ruiz, author of Americans in the Treasure House: Travel to Porfirian Mexico and the Cultural Politics of Empire

"Taking Children couldn't be more timely. With clear and razor-sharp analysis, Briggs's compelling book shows that the cruelty of Donald Trump's presidency has deep roots in US history, and that its most vicious effects have long been focused on families, on the taking of children of people of color and poor people. A damning tour du force."--Greg Grandin, author of The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America

"Taking Children is a powerful corrective to an amnesiac politics that makes the brutality of the present seem novel and abnormal. Briggs traces the history of family separation through immigration politics, mass incarceration, and anti-Communist dirty wars--and back further still, to slavery and the genocidal campaigns against indigenous people. This is urgent reading that dispels the mistaken idea that Trump's barbarity is un-American.'"--Daniel Denvir, host of The Dig and author of All-American Nativism: How the Bipartisan War on Immigrants Explains Politics as We Know It

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