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

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With this explosive analysis, Ira Katznelson fundamentally recast our understanding of twentieth-century American history, demonstrating that the key programs passed during the New Deal and Fair Deal eras were not, as we are so often told, fundamentally equitable or impartial, but discriminatory in the way they deliberately excluded African Americans from benefits. In fact, Katznelson writes, the gap between black and white Americans actually widened following this period, owing, in no small part, to the segregationist designs of southern Democrats. Now featuring a new introduction that situates this saga within the wider context of twentieth- and twenty-first-century history, When Affirmative Action Was White remains, tragically, as salient as ever, providing both a “painful understanding of how politics and race intersect” (Henry Louis Gates Jr.) and a broad justification for continuing affirmative action programs.

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Weight 0.5 lbs
Dimensions 8.3 × 5.5 × 0.7 in
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Date Published

January 31, 2023

Format

Paperback

Language

English

Pages

272

Publisher

Liveright

Year Published

2023

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