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

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Publisher Description

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

In this "penetrating new analysis" (New York Times Book Review) 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."

GENRE
History
RELEASED
2006
August 17
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
272
Pages
PUBLISHER
W. W. Norton & Company
SELLER
W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.
SIZE
1.7
MB

Customer Reviews

IrishPirQueen ,

Sham! No understanding of affirmative action

Affirmative action was put into place to assist those indigent people who needed an extra boost. It’s time has come and gone. It was meant to be a TEMPORARY solution so that if two equally qualified people were vying for the same job, the minority would get an extra boost. By no means was it meant to rectify all ills of society. And certainly it was not meant to exclude anyone on the basis of race which is exactly what it is doing. That is why people get so incensed. As it has had a poor track record according to minorities and non-minorities alike and as it was not designed for the long-term, Congress and the Courts need to put an end to it.

jflo89 ,

Terrible

A disjointed rambling mess that doesn't even scratch the surface on race in US policy.

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