When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America

When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America

Ira Katznelson


A groundbreaking paintings that exposes the twisted origins of affirmative action.

during this "penetrating new research" (New York occasions publication Review) Ira Katznelson essentially recasts our figuring out of twentieth-century American heritage and demonstrates that each one the main courses handed throughout the New Deal and reasonable Deal period of the Thirties and Forties have been created in a deeply discriminatory demeanour. via mechanisms designed by means of Southern Democrats that particularly excluded maids and farm employees, the space among blacks and whites really widened regardless of postwar prosperity. within the phrases of famous historian Eric Foner, "Katznelson's incisive e-book should still swap the phrases of discussion approximately affirmative motion, and concerning the final seventy years of yankee history."

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