• When Affirmative Action Was White

  • An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America
  • By: Ira Katznelson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (251 ratings)

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When Affirmative Action Was White

By: Ira Katznelson
Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
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Publisher's summary

In this "penetrating new analysis" (New York Times Book Review), Ira Katznelson fundamentally recasts our understanding of 20th 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 70 years of American history.”

©2005 Ira Katznelson (P)2016 Tantor
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  • Categories: History

Critic reviews

"[An] intriguing study" ( Publishers Weekly)