The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America is a 2017 book by Richard Rothstein about the history of racial segregation in the United States. The book documents the history of state-sponsored segregation, which dates back to the late 1800s, and exposes the racially discriminatory policies advocated by most presidential administrations of the time, including liberal presidents such as Franklin Roosevelt.  The author argues that entrenched segregation in America is the byproduct of explicit government policies at the local, state, and federal levels, also known as de jure segregation—not coincidence or de facto segregation.  Among other discussions, the book offers a history of subsidized housing and discusses the phenomena of white flight, blockbusting and racial alliances, as well as their role in housing segregation. Rothstein wrote the book while working as a researcher for the Economic Policy Institute, where he is now a distinguished fellow. Download the free Kindle app and instantly read Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer, no Kindle device required. Read more Segregation is divided by Rothstein into two types, de jure and de facto.  While de facto segregation exists simply because of people`s habits, de jure segregation is the result of laws and regulations that discriminate against minorities. The book has been reviewed by Francesca Russello Ammon, David Oshinsky, Anna Richardson, Terry Gross, and Jacqueline Jones, among others.  Reviews have appeared in several newspapers, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, The Tampa Bay Times, and The Baltimore Sun, as well as several popular magazines and magazines, such as Publishers Weekly, Slate Magazine, The New York Review of Books, The Los Angeles Review of Books,  The Kenyon Review, Kirkus Reviews, Dissent Magazine, and Jacobin.  He has also received numerous reviews in historical journals, educational journals, and administrative and planning journals.
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