The 1990 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award was presented to Tracy Kidder for Among Schoolchildren and Alec Wilkinson for Big Sugar.
Among Schoolchildren chronicles a year in the life of a diverse fifth-grade class in Holyoke, an industrial city in southwestern Massachusetts. Kidder presents “a compelling microcosm of what is wrong—and right—with our educational system” (Publishers Weekly, 1990). Big Sugar, meanwhile, describes the dangerous work of thousands of West Indian workers in the American sugar industry and the miserable conditions in which they live.
Tracy Kidder graduated from Harvard and studied at the University of Iowa. In addition to the RFK Book Award, Kidder has won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and many other literary prizes.
A former policeman and musician, Alec Wilkinson joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 1980. He is the author of ten books and has received numerous literary awards for his work.
Honorable Mention: Crosswinds of Freedom V 3: The American Experiment (The American Experiment, Vol 3) by James MacGregor Burn