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When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher W W Norton & Co Inc
Publication date August 1, 2006
Pages 238
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780393328516
ISBN-10 0393328511
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.50 by 8.25 in.
Weight 0.60 lbs.
Original list price $16.95
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A study on the lesser-known origins of affirmative action argues that key programs passed during the New Deal and Fair Deal era of the 1930s and 1940s were purposefully discriminatory, revealing how Southern democrats widened the gap between black and white Americans through specific restrictions in social security, the GI bill, and landmark labor laws. Reprint.
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A groundbreaking work that exposes the twisted origins of affirmative action.

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."

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Hardcover
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from W W Norton & Co Inc (August 1, 2005)
9780393052138 | details & prices | 238 pages | 6.50 × 9.50 × 1.00 in. | 1.25 lbs | List price $25.95
About: A study on the lesser-known origins of affirmative action argues that key programs passed during the New Deal and Fair Deal era of the 1930s and 1940s were purposefully discriminatory, revealing how Southern democrats widened the gap between black and white Americans through specific restrictions in social security, the GI bill, and landmark labor laws.
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Reprint edition from W W Norton & Co Inc (August 1, 2006)
9780393328516 | details & prices | 238 pages | 5.50 × 8.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.60 lbs | List price $16.95
About: A study on the lesser-known origins of affirmative action argues that key programs passed during the New Deal and Fair Deal era of the 1930s and 1940s were purposefully discriminatory, revealing how Southern democrats widened the gap between black and white Americans through specific restrictions in social security, the GI bill, and landmark labor laws.

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