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

Book Presentation

Sunday 26 July 2020, by siawi3


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

by Richard Rothstein (Author)

New York Times Bestseller - Notable Book of the Year - Editors’ Choice Selection
One of Bill Gates’ “Amazing Books” of the Year
One of Publishers Weekly’s 10 Best Books of the Year
Longlisted for the National Book Award for Nonfiction
An NPR Best Book of the Year
Winner of the Hillman Prize for Nonfiction
Gold Winner - California Book Award (Nonfiction)
Finalist - Los Angeles Times Book Prize (History)
Finalist - Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize

This “powerful and disturbing history” exposes how American governments deliberately imposed racial segregation on metropolitan areas nationwide (New York Times Book Review).

$17.95 $16.51
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publish Date: May 01, 2018
Pages: 368
5.4 X 0.9 X 8.1 inches | 0.7 pounds
Language: English
Type: Paperback

Richard Rothstein is a research associate of the Economic Policy Institute and a Fellow at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. He lives in California, where he is a Fellow of the Haas Institute at the University of California-Berkeley.

Essential... Rothstein persuasively debunks many contemporary myths about racial discrimination.... Only when Americans learn a common—and accurate—history of our nation’s racial divisions, he contends, will we then be able to consider steps to fulfill our legal and moral obligations. For the rest of us, still trying to work past 40 years of misinformation, there might not be a better place to start than Rothstein’s book.—Rachel M. Cohen, Slate

Masterful... The Rothstein book gathers meticulous research showing how governments at all levels long employed racially discriminatory policies to deny blacks the opportunity to live in neighborhoods with jobs, good schools and upward mobility.—Jared Bernstein, Washington Post

Rothstein’s comprehensive and engrossing book reveals just how the U.S. arrived at the ’systematic racial segregation we find in metropolitan areas today, ’ focusing in particular on the role of government.... This compassionate and scholarly diagnosis of past policies and prescription for our current racial maladies shines a bright light on some shadowy spaces.—Publishers Weekly [starred review]

Virtually indispensable... I can only implore anyone interested in understanding the depth of the problem to read this necessary book.—Don Rose, Chicago Daily Observer

I finally read Richard Rothstein’s The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America. I knew the broad strokes of the history and legacies of redlining, but as I read this book I realized how little I really knew about the history of housing segregation in this country. Rothstein brilliantly breaks down how segregation was enforced at all levels of housing policy and practices, from the federal level down to local municipalities, from national banks to local realtors and police departments, across the US. He shows how greatly housing segregation has disadvantaged African Americans by connecting housing to education, taxation, and jobs. One of the things that struck me in particular was how any organic inclinations to integrated living were consistently blocked and destroyed. It is also important to stress that while this is a work of history, what he is writing about is not past—Rothstein brings this history up to the present, with a look at the 2008 housing crisis in particular. This is one of those books that I think should be required reading for all Americans and should be a part of American history curricula. Lauren Goldenberg, Jewish Currents