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Civil Wars

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A meditation on the private and public fault lines which divide American society.

In Civil Wars, June Jordan's battleground is the intersection of private and public reality, which she explores through a blending of personal reflection and political analysis. From journal entries on the line between poetry and politics and a discussion of language and power in "White" versus "Black" English, to First Amendment issues, children's rights, Black studies, American violence, and sexuality, Jordan documents the very personal ways in which she meshes with the social issues of modern-day life in this country.

June Jordan (1936-2002) was a writer, activist, and educator whose work blended the categories of poetry, essays, and fiction. She is the author of Who Look at MeNaming Our DestinyHis Own Where, and more.