The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America (Paperback)
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Segregation in America is not de facto; it is de jure. It was sponsored by the government over many decades. Government agencies at all levels, including the Federal Housing Administration, the Veterans Administration, Tennessee Valley Authority, the Public Works Administration, local planning and housing authorities through various laws and actions created housing segregation and imposed segregation on integrated communities. Rothstein’s extensive research describes the elaborate machinations that both political parties initiated and supported and how many of these policies that are now off the books were never remedied and their effects endure. An important book to read and discuss.
New York Times Bestseller - Notable Book of the Year - Editors' Choice Selection
One of Bill Gates' "Amazing Books" of the Year
One of Publishers Weekly's 10 Best Books of the Year
Longlisted for the National Book Award for Nonfiction
An NPR Best Book of the Year
Winner of the Hillman Prize for Nonfiction
Gold Winner - California Book Award (Nonfiction)
Finalist - Los Angeles Times Book Prize (History)
Finalist - Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize
This "powerful and disturbing history" exposes how American governments deliberately imposed racial segregation on metropolitan areas nationwide (New York Times Book Review).