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ISBN-10: 1631494538
ISBN-13: 9781631494536
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publish Date: 05/01/2018
Dimensions: 8.10" L, 5.20" W, 1.10" H

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

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Widely heralded as a “masterful” (Washington Post) and “essential” (Slate) history of the modern American metropolis, Richard Rothstein’s The Color of Law offers “the most forceful argument ever published on how federal, state, and local governments gave rise to and reinforced neighborhood segregation” (William Julius Wilson). Exploding the myth of de facto segregation arising from private prejudice or the unintended consequences of economic forces, Rothstein describes how the American government systematically imposed residential segregation: with undisguised racial zoning; public housing that purposefully segregated previously mixed communities; subsidies for builders to create whites-only suburbs; tax exemptions for institutions that enforced segregation; and support for violent resistance to African Americans in white neighborhoods. A groundbreaking, “virtually indispensable” study that has already transformed our understanding of twentieth-century urban history (Chicago Daily Observer), The Color of Law forces us to face the obligation to remedy our unconstitutional past.

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Essential... Rothstein persuasively debunks many contemporary myths about racial discrimination.... Only when Americans learn a common–and accurate–history of our nation's racial divisions, he contends, will we then be able to consider steps to fulfill our legal and moral obligations. For the rest of us, still trying to work past 40 years of misinformation, there might not be a better place to start than Rothstein's book.–Rachel M. Cohen, Slate
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ISBN-10: 1631494538
ISBN-13: 9781631494536
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publish Date: 05/01/2018
Dimensions: 8.10" L, 5.20" W, 1.10" H
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