When Affirm Act Was White Pa

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  • Edition: 00
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 8/17/2006
  • Publisher: W W NORTON

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In this "penetrating new analysis" (New York Times Book Review) Ira Katznelson fundamentally recasts our understanding of twentieth-century American history and demonstrates that all the key programs passed during the New Deal and Fair Deal era of the 1930s and 1940s were created in a deeply discriminatory manner. Through mechanisms designed by Southern Democrats that specifically excluded maids and farm workers, the gap between blacks and whites actually widened despite postwar prosperity. In the words of noted historian Eric Foner, "Katznelson's incisive book should change the terms of debate about affirmative action, and about the last seventy years of American history."

Author Biography

Ira Katznelson is Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History at Columbia University

Table of Contents

Preface: Du Bois's Paradox ix
Doctor of Laws
Welfare in Black and White
Rules for Work
Divisions in War
White Veterans Only
Johnson's Ambitions, Powell's Principles: Thoughts on Renewing Affirmative Action
Appendix: ``To Fulfill These Rights'' 173(9)
Notes 182(43)
Acknowledgments 225(4)
Index 229

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