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When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America (Paperback)
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When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America (Paperback)

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Paperback 272 Pages / Published: 17/08/2006
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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."

Publisher: WW Norton & Co
ISBN: 9780393328516
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 250 g
Dimensions: 211 x 140 x 20 mm


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"A fresh, highly readable, first-rate history." -- Sanford D Horowitt - San Francisco Chronicle
"A penetrating new analysis." -- Nick Kotz - New York Times Book Review
"Stories materialize as if from dreams... He dealt in myths and universals, not daily reality.... Purdy's characters never question the fallen state of the world in which they find themselves or the terrible things done to or by otherwise unexceptional individuals. The author makes no claims that they deserve better, or that problems are there to be solved. Even in the more naturalistic stories, violence and sexual compulsion, gay and straight, are part of the background music. Maliciousness is just another word for manners." -- George M. Frederickson - New York Review of Books
"A gem of a book." -- David Oshinsky - The Nation
"Purdy's short stories are often brief and propelled by dialogue rich with the quirks and profanities of the American vernacular.... They also tend to convey a pervasive sense of moral compromise or emotional damage in the lives of their characters.... The thick volume gathers all of Purdy's stories-fifty-six in all, including seven previously unpublished ones-for the first time." -- Henry Louis Gates Jr.

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