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The Children in Room E4 Susan Eaton Nonfiction

While the word segregation may inspire images of the South in the ’60s, Eaton’s book makes a strong claim for its continued existence today. She looks at Hartford, Conn., where a group of families and civil rights attorneys fought a decades-long case to prove that the state’s policies have segregated poor minorities and wealthy whites into separate school districts. While at points exhausting, Eaton ably hammers home the system’s inequities with sympathetic looks at an inner-city teacher and her eager charges, resulting in a damning book that shines light on a particularly American dilemma. B