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When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century Americaby Ira Katznelson
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In this "penetrating new analysis" () Ira Katznelson fundamentally recasts our understanding of twentieth-century American history and demonstrates that all the key programs passed during the New Deal and Fair Deal era of the 1930s and 1940s were created in a deeply discriminatory manner. Through mechanisms designed by Southern Democrats that specifically excluded maids and farm workers, the gap between blacks and whites actually widened despite postwar prosperity. In the words of noted historian Eric Foner, "Katznelson's incisive book should change the terms of debate about affirmative action, and about the last seventy years of American history."
A groundbreaking work that exposes the twisted origins of affirmative action.
About the Author
Ira Katznelsonis the Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History at Columbia University and chair of the Russell Sage Foundation"s board of trustees. A student of American political development in comparative and international perspective, his publications include City Trenches: Urban Politics and the Patterning of Class in the United Statesand Liberalism"s Crooked Circle: Letters to Adam Michnik. He is completing a book on the New Deal, the South, and the shaping of postwar liberalism in the United States.
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