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The  Color of Law

The Color of Law


New York Times Bestseller &; Notable Book of the Year &; Editors' Choice SelectionOne of Bill Gates&; &;Amazing Books&; of the YearOne of Publishers Weekly&;s 10 Best Books of the YearLonglisted for the National Book Award for NonfictionAn NPR Best Book of the YearWinner of the Hillman Prize for NonfictionGold Winner &; California Book Award (Nonfiction)Finalist &; Los Angeles Times Book Prize (History)Finalist &; Brooklyn Public Library Literary PrizeThis &;powerful and disturbing history&; exposes how American governments deliberately imposed racial segregation on metropolitan areas nationwide (New York Times Book Review). 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.

Book Details


W W Norton & Co Inc


May 02, 2017





Age Level

General Adult