The Last Plantation By James R. Jones

  • Narrated by: Bill Andrew Quinn
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Release date: 05-21-24

The Last Plantation By James R. Jones AudioBook summary

Racism continues to infuse Congress’s daily practice of lawmaking and shape who obtains congressional employment. In this timely and provocative book, James Jones reveals how and why many who work in Congress call it the “Last Plantation.” He shows that even as the civil rights movement gained momentum and antidiscrimination laws were implemented, Congress remained exempt from federal workplace protections. These exemptions institutionalized inequality in the congressional workplace well into the twenty-first century.

Jones uncovers the hidden dynamics of power, privilege, and resistance in Congress. He reveals how failures of racial representation among congressional staffers reverberate throughout the American political system and demonstrates how the absence of diverse perspectives hampers the creation of just legislation. Centering the experiences of Black workers within this complex landscape, he provides insights into the problems they face, the barriers that hinder their progress, and the ways they contest entrenched inequality.


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