The Color of Law | Richard Rothstein

The Color of Law | Richard Rothstein

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A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

368 pages | Liveright Publishing

Rothstein examines the idea "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, [he argues] 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."

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