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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."
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Ira Katznelson is Columbia University's Interim Provost, Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History, and Deputy Director of Columbia World Projects. Having served as president of the American Political Science Association, he is a member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. He is also the author of When Affirmative Action Was White and Fear Itself, winner of the Bancroft Prize in History (2014).
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Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Katznelson’s explosive analysis provides us with a new and painful understanding of how politics and race intersect.