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Despite major strides in combating racial segregation and oppression since the Civil Rights movement, racial inequality remains a persistent and vexing problem in America today. At the forefront of recent scholarship highlighting the central influence of the US federal government on race relations well before the 1960s, Separate and Unequal uncovers, through archival research, how the federal government used its power to impose a segregated pattern of race relations among its employees and, through its programs, upon the whole of American society. In a new postscript to this revised edition, Desmond King places his original, groundbreaking analysis in the context of recent studies and connects the legacy of exclusionary programs and policies to current racial disparities in welfare reform, prisons, and education.
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Part I: The Historical Context
1. The Politics of Segregation in Post-Reconstruction America
Part II: Segregation in the US Federal Government
2. Joining the Government: 'Because I Dared to be Black'
3. Working in a Federal Agency: Social Ostracism and Discrimination
Part III: The Federal Government and Segregation Beyond Washington
4. 'A Great Shadow over our "Civil Rights"': Fighting for the Government
5. Serving Time with the Government: Federal Penitentiaries
6. The Federal Government in a Segregated Society: Public Employment Exchanges and Housing Programmes
Part IV: The Legacies of Segregated Race Relations
7. Conclusion Postscript: The Segregated State in America's Racial Orders Appendices Notes Bibliography Index