Louis P Masur

Louis P. Masur is Board of Governors Professor of American Studies and History at Rutgers University. He is the author of many books including The Sum of Our Dreams: A Concise History of America, Lincoln’s Last Speech: Wartime Reconstruction and the Crisis of Reunion, Lincoln’s Hundred Days: The Emancipation Proclamation and the War for the Union, and The Civil War: A Concise History.

In 1976, Boston was bitterly divided over a court order to desegregate its public schools. Plans to bus students between predominantly white and Black...