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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
Author: Ira Katznelson
ISBN 13: 9780393328516
ISBN 10: 393328511
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: 2006-08-17
Format: Paperback
Pages: 272
List Price: $16.95
 
 

A groundbreaking work that exposes the twisted origins of affirmative action.

The New York Times - Nick Kotz

Katznelson argues that the case for affirmative action today is made more effectively by citing concrete history rather than through general exhortations. Studying the New Deal, the Fair Deal, the Great Society and the civil rights movements of the 1960's could not be more relevant at a time when the administration seems determined to weaken many of the federal programs that for decades have not just sustained the nation's minorities but built its solid middle class. Whether or not Katznelson's study directly influences the affirmative action debate, it serves an important purpose. With key parts of the Voting Rights Act set to expire in 2007 and other civil rights protections subject to change, we must understand a continuing reality: the insidious and recurrent racial bias in the history of American public life.