The Color of Law A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America (PDF Download)

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Dive into “The Color of Law”

Awarded a spot on Publisher’s Weekly’s Top 10 Best Books of 2017
National Book Award Long-list contender

Endorsed by William Julius Wilson for its compelling argument, Richard Rothstein’s “The Color of Law” shatters a common belief about American cities’ racial divisions. It wasn’t simply societal norms or economic disparities that segregated neighborhoods; it was explicit government policies at all levels.

Unearthing Government-Enforced Segregation

You’ll be gripped by the book’s account, beginning in the 1920s, detailing how government-sanctioned racial zoning steered the massive migration of African Americans from south to north. Rothstein unveils a century-long saga of legalized segregation and its enduring impact.

From Flawed Urban Planning to Suburban Exclusion

Rothstein builds upon Jane Jacobs’ insights into urban planning failures and reveals how these mistakes were compounded by deliberate policy choices that fostered segregated public housing and neighborhood upheaval.

The Legacy Continues: Understanding Today’s Turmoil

The narrative connects past policies with today’s social strife, offering clarity on why certain neighborhoods remain impoverished and racially homogenous despite changes in law. The Fair Housing Act may have outlawed discrimination, but reversing decades-old patterns is another challenge altogether.

If you’re ready to see American cities with new eyes and comprehend the roots of current racial tensions, “The Color of Law” is your must-read. Gain not just knowledge but also the foundation for meaningful conversation and action towards a more equitable society.

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