In Depth with Shelby Steele
Shelby Steele was interviewed about his life, his career, and his writings. He described himself as a black conservative and talked… read more
Shelby Steele was interviewed about his life, his career, and his writings. He described himself as a black conservative and talked about racism in the U.S. as paternalism. He also responded to telephone calls and electronic mail.
A video clip was shown of Mr. Steele in his home office in Pebble Beach, Calif. as he described his working habits, his professional career, and the Hoover Institution. A video, which was taped in the BookTV Bus while at the South Carolina Book Festival in Columbia, S.C., was shown of a reader asking the author a question. Maggi Morehouse, an assistant professor of history at the University of South Carolina, Aiken, asked about the family dynamics that resulted in Mr. Steele and his brother having very different views.
Mr. Steele’s first two books, the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning The Content of Our Character: A New Vision of Race in America and A Dream Deferred: The Second Betrayal of Black Freedom in America, discussed race and race-related social programs in America. His latest book, White Guilt: How Blacks and Whites Together Destroyed the Promise of the Civil Rights Era, will be published in May, 2006, by HarperCollins. He also has written extensively for major publications including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Harper’s Magazine. In 1991, his work on the documentary, Seven Days in Bensonhurst, was recognized with an Emmy Award, the Writer’s Guild Award for television documentary writing, and the San Francisco Film Festival Award for television documentary writing. In 2004, Mr. Steele was awarded the National Humanities Medal. close
*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.
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