The Color of Law : A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

Description

Widely heralded as a "masterful" (Washington Post) and "essential" (Slate) history of the modern American metropolis, Richard Rothstein's The Color of Law offers "the most forceful argument ever published on how federal, state, and local governments gave rise to and reinforced neighborhood segregation" (William Julius Wilson). Exploding the myth of de facto segregation arising from private prejudice or the unintended consequences of economic forces, Rothstein describes how the American government systematically imposed residential segregation: with undisguised racial zoning; public housing that purposefully segregated previously mixed communities; subsidies for builders to create whites-only suburbs; tax exemptions for institutions that enforced segregation; and support for violent resistance to African Americans in white neighborhoods. A groundbreaking, "virtually indispensable" study that has already transformed our understanding of twentieth-century urban history (Chicago Daily Observer), The Color of Law forces us to face the obligation to remedy our unconstitutional past.

Details

Author(s)
Richard Rothstein
Format
Paperback | 368 pages
Dimensions
140 x 211 x 25mm | 320g
Publication date
01 May 2018
Publisher
WW Norton & Co
Imprint
Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication City/Country
United States
Language
English
Edition statement
Reprint
ISBN10
1631494538
ISBN13
9781631494536
Bestsellers rank
202,099