When Affirmative Action was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-century America

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2005 - History - 238 pages
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A groundbreaking work that exposes the twisted origins of affirmative action.

When Affirmative Action Was White 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. This was no accident. With the United States still in an era of legal segregation, the powerful southern wing of the Democratic Party provided the framework for Social Security, the GI Bill, and landmark labor laws that helped create the foundations of the modern middle class. Through mechanisms that specifically excluded maids and farmworkers and through laws that kept administration in local hands, the gap between blacks and whites actually widened despite postwar prosperity. The publication of this deeply disturbing work promises to create a national debate on the meaning of affirmative action and the responsibility of government.
  

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User Review  - aketzle - LibraryThing

Learned a lot in this book! Very important reading! Highly recommended. Puts the whole concept of affirmative action in historical context compared to all the times when government action was essentially an economic launching pad for white people at the expense of black Americans. Read full review

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User Review  - Lee Tyner - Goodreads

The authors writing style is near void of voice. Also, he beats every point to death by stating and restating it. It has some interesting content but I found the writing style to be miserable to read. Read full review

Contents

Doctor of Laws
xvii
Welfare in Black and White
23
Rules for Work
51
Divisions in War
78
White Veterans Only
111
Johnsons Ambitions Powells Principles Thoughts on Renewing Affirmative Action
140
To Fulfill These Rights
171
Notes
180
Acknowledgments
223
Index
227
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Ira Katznelson is Columbia University's Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History. Having served as president of the American Political Science Association, he is a member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. He is also the author of Fear Itself and When Affirmative Action Was White.

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