The Color of Law tells the forgotten story of how our government segregated America. Using extensive research and compelling storytelling, author Richard Rothstein provides a timely and important history lesson that is essential for understanding race relations in America today.
For who is this book for ?
This book is for anyone who wants to better understand the history of race relations in America. It provides an important, eye-opening look at how our government segregated our country through legislation and policy.
- The Color of Law is well-researched and thoroughly researched, providing a comprehensive history of government-sanctioned segregation in America.
- The writing is clear and concise, making the complex subject matter easy to understand.
- The book raises important issues that are relevant today and will hopefully spark further discussion about race relations in America.
- The book is dense and can be difficult to read
- It may be too detailed for some readers
- The topic of segregation can be uncomfortable
Learn more about the author
Richard Rothstein is a research associate at the Economic Policy Institute and a fellow at The Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. He has written extensively on housing, education, and urban policy for both scholarly and general audience publications.
“An important, brilliant new work”
“An important, thoughtful, and superbly-written book about one of the defining aspects of American life: segregation.”
“This is an important book. It’s a tough read, but it needs to be read.”
“Rothstein has provided a thorough and devastating account of the systematic way that government at all levels-local, state, and federal-used housing policy to enforce segregation. This is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding why race still matters in America.”