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

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

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by Ira Katznelson
     
 

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

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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."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393328516
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
08/14/2006
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
286,206
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface : Du Bois's paradox
1Doctor of laws1
2Welfare in black and white25
3Rules for work53
4Divisions in war80
5White veterans only113
6Johnson's ambitions, Powell's principles : thoughts on renewing affirmative action142
App"To fulfull these rights"173

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