When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality

  title={When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality},
  author={Kevin L. Yuill and Ira Katznelson},
  journal={American Journal of Legal History},
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… Expand
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