Daniel Brook for The Accident of Color

Join us for a reading, discussion, and signing with Daniel Brook for The Accident of Color

About this Event

THE ACCIDENT OF COLOR shines a light on the often forgotten contributions of the first civil rights activists and illuminates the roots of the racial binary we still live by. Reflecting upon the loss of Plessy v. Ferguson, Brook reminds us that the plaintiffs believed “not merely that separate could never be equal but that, in America, separate was not even possible. As New World people, we were too mixed up to sort back out. Say what we may, Americans would never be black or white. We are mestizos, Creoles, misfits all.”

About the Author

Daniel Brook is a journalist and author whose writing has appeared in Harper’s, the New York Times Magazine, and The Nation. His last book, A History of Future Cities, was longlisted for the Lionel Gelber Prize and selected as one of the ten best books of the year by the Washington Post. Brook’s research and writing have been supported by fellowships from institutions including the Library of Congress and Tulane University’s New Orleans Center for the Gulf South. Born in Brooklyn, raised on Long Island, and educated at Yale, Brook lives in New Orleans.


Event date: 
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
827 Upshur Street NW
Washington, DC 20011
The Accident of Color: A Story of Race in Reconstruction By Daniel Brook Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393247442
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 18th, 2019