2017 National Book Award Longlist, Nonfiction

Richard Rothstein

The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America
(Liveright / W. W. Norton & Company)


ISBN: 9781631492853


ABOUT THE BOOK (FROM THE PUBLISHER)

In this groundbreaking history of the modern American metropolis, Richard Rothstein, a leading authority on housing policy, explodes the myth that America’s cities came to be racially divided through de facto segregation—that is, through individual prejudices, income differences, or the actions of private institutions like banks and real estate agencies. Rather, The Color of Law incontrovertibly makes clear that it was de jure segregation—the laws and policy decisions passed by local, state, and federal governments—that actually promoted the discriminatory patterns that continue to this day.

 

About the Author

Richard Rothstein is a research associate of the Economic Policy Institute and a Fellow at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. He lives in California, where he is a Fellow of the Haas Institute at the University of California, Berkeley.


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