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Making the World Over

Confronting Racism, Misogyny, and Xenophobia in U.S. History
R. Marie Griffith

BUY Cloth · 208 pp. · 5.5 × 8.5 · ISBN 9780813946344 · $29.95 · May 2021
BUY Ebook · 208 pp. · ISBN 9780813946351 · $29.95 · May 2021

Political polarization and unrest are not exclusive to our era, but in the twenty-first century, we are living with seemingly unresolvable disagreements that threaten to tear our country apart. Discrimination, racism, tyranny, religious fundamentalism, political schisms, misogyny, "fake news," border walls, the #MeToo moment, foreign intervention in our electoral process—these cultural and social rifts charge our world, and we have failed to find a path toward agreement or unity.

Making the World Over is Marie Griffith’s thoughtful response to an imperiled nation that has forgotten how to listen and debate productively, at a time when it needs vigorous discourse more than ever. Griffith performs the urgent work of examining the histories behind the issues at the root of our country’s conflicts both past and present, from race and immigration to misogyny and reproductive rights. This is more than a study of the issues; it is an attempt to shed real light on how to encourage constructive dialogue and move society forward.


With passion, nuance, and care, R. Marie Griffith has written a critical book for our difficult times. Making the World Over commends the values of truth-telling, empathy, courage, and conversation as the basis for a different way of being together in this country. It is a moral call to hold each other accountable. In the end, Griffith confronts the ugliness of who we are as Americans, and she dares to imagine us otherwise. A powerful read!

Eddie S. Glaude, Jr., Princeton University · Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own

Griffith approaches complex ideas in a way that is thoughtful, concise, and provocative without being incendiary.

Randall Balmer, Dartmouth College · Evangelicalism in America

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