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The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America
Contributor(s): Rothstein, Richard (Author)

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ISBN: 1631494538     ISBN-13: 9781631494536
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: May 2018
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BISAC Categories:
- History | United States - 20th Century
- Social Science | Discrimination & Race Relations
- Political Science | American Government - General
Dewey: 305.800
Physical Information: 1.1" H x 5.4" W x 8.2" (0.82 lbs) 368 pages
- Chronological Period - 20th Century
- Topical - Black History
Features: Bibliography, Index, Price on Product
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Publisher Description:
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.

Contributor Bio(s): Rothstein, Richard: - Richard Rothstein is a research associate of the Economic Policy Institute and a Fellow at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. He lives in California, where he is a Fellow of the Haas Institute at the University of California-Berkeley.
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