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

ISBN-10: 0393328511
ISBN-13: 9780393328516
Edition: N/A
Authors: Ira Katznelson
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List price: $16.95
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/17/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

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."

Ira Katznelson is Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History at Columbia University. He is the author of many books, including Marxism and the Cityand the award-winning Liberalism's Crooked Circle: Letters to Adam Michnik.He has served as president of the Social Science History Association and of the Politics and History Section of the American Political Science Association.

Preface: Du Bois's Paradox
Doctor of Laws
Welfare in Black and White
Rules for Work
Divisions in War
White Veterans Only
Johnson's Ambitions, Powell's Principles: Thoughts on Renewing Affirmative Action
"To Fulfill These Rights"
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index

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