WHEN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION WAS WHITE An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America. By Ira Katznelson. pp. When Affirmative Action Was White has ratings and 81 reviews. ” penetrating new analysis” (New York Times Book Review) Ira Katznelson fundamentally. When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in One can speculate that Ira Katznelson has been listening to some version of this .

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This is a comprehensive look at how the decentralized implementation of the New Deal, the Fair Deal, and the GI Bill enabled entrenched affiramtive.

Katz argues that we usually begin our histories of AA in the ‘s when government programs started to encourage, and sometimes require, quotas or race-conscious admissions to universities, gov’t employment, etc. Taken together, the effects of these public laws were devastating. I read this book because I respect Glenn Loury and he uses it to teach his undergraduate fafirmative on race and inequality at Brown University.

As a range of affirmative has demonstrated in recent years, racism has been as prevalent and debilitating in Northern urban centers as in Southern agricultural areas. This book, to me, is overwhelmingly an argument for classical liberal principles.

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The New Deal was the most progressive series of legislation ever when FDR signed it to boost the economy after the Depression. Tate Limited preview – The book concludes with a discussion of affirmative action. But as the scenes from New Orleans vividly displayed, so many who were whe out before have been left out yet again. Given that the purpose of the unions was to exclude blacks, I would call it plain old discrimination and segregation.

Yet only in, and surrounding, the former Confederacy did the formal political system utilize race to exclude adults from citizenship and full access to civil society. When Affirmative Action Was White concludes with the recommendation that contemporary American policymakers deal with these legacies by reexamining Lyndon Johnson’s original vision for affirmative action.

Honestly, I could have learned the central tenets of his thesis WITH supporting data in about pages. Whife since, American society has been confronted with the results of this twisted and unstated form of affirmative action. Jul 17, George rated it it was amazing. But under affirmative action, they are compensated not for being black, but only because they were subject to unfair treatment at an earlier moment because they were black.


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Relying heavily on Johnson’s Howard University Commencement Address, the author posits that the 37th President of the United States understood the importance of ambitiously attacking the ita causes of discrimination. By taking these steps, he fulfilled Justice Powell’s second stipulation.

From the implementation of the G. In this “penetrating new analysis” New York Times Book Review Ira Katznelson fundamentally recasts our understanding of twentieth-century American history and demonstrates that all the key programs passed during the New Deal and Fair Deal era of the s and s were created in a deeply discriminatory manner. Similar processes repeated themselves throughout the next 2 decades. Retrospectively, we can also see how Johnson’s speech anticipated Powell’s standards.

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In this regard, I enjoyed the affifmative. A fascinating and succinct look at the racism inherent in many New Deal programs, including most significantly the GI Bill and various benefits to World War 2 in the postwar era.

Particularly, people who are in unaccountable positions of power, such as government. Hot off the Press. Open Preview See a Problem?

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Affirmative action should be linked to historical causes. This book was underwhelming. Common terms and phrases administration affirmative action African Americans agricultural armed forces Army Bakke benefits black Americans black soldiers black veterans Board Chicago Cited civil rights colleges color Committee Congress country’s Deal Democratic Party despite discrimination economic employers employment equal exclusion Fair Labor Standards families federal government FLSA G.


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I think calling it affirmative action, then as now, obscures the reality of what it really is. The whole point of the book is to highlight large scale actions against the black community that cry out for correction through appropriate government action.

The historical content was interesting and well-researched, but I didn’t care for the analysis of Bakke and its progeny, and found the writing overall pretty clunky. I have no doubt there are a great number of people likely a majority to whom these facts would be new. Whether Katznelson’s book will definitively “turn the tide” against affirmative action’s opponents, however, will remain to be seen.

On the downside, the book does read like a scholarly paper or textbook, with academically-welcome but not exactly riveting deep dives into the likes of the Taft Hartley Act making it a slow read at times. Nov 23, Jsavett1 rated it really liked it.

Jun 26, Jim Cullison rated it did not like it. Why limit the analysis to the New Deal? Want to Read saving….

It’s an interesting mix ideas both radical and short sighted. A focus on the policies about affirmatove and work, as well as war and postwar, which the southern wing of the Democratic Party successfully imposed during the New Deal and Fair Deal is consistent with this requirement.

Rather than yearn for New Deal policies that were tainted by racism, we would do better in present circumstances to return to the ambitious plans President Johnson announced but never realized to close massive gaps between blacks and whites, and between more and less prosperous blacks. However, starting with the New Deal makes sense because it was the beginning of probably the most activist period of US gov’t in US history.