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

  • 8h 20m 34s
  • Ira Katznelson
  • Recorded Books, Inc.
  • 2016

In this "penetrating new analysis" (New York Times Book Review), Ira Katznelson fundamentally recasts our understanding of 20th 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 audiobook should change the terms of debate about affirmative action, and about the last 70 years of American history.”

In this Audiobook

  • 1. Doctor of Laws
  • 2. Welfare in Black and White
  • 3. Rules for Work
  • 4. Divisions in War
  • 5. White Veterans Only
  • 6. Johnson's Ambitions, Powell's Principles: Thoughts on Renewing Affirmative Action