New York Times Bestseller • Amazing Guide of the Yr • Editors’ Selection Selection
Considered one of Invoice Gates’ “Superb Books” of the Year
Considered one of Publishers Weekly’s 10 Perfect Books of the Year
Longlisted for the Nationwide Guide Award for Nonfiction
An NPR Perfect Guide of the Year
Winner of the Hillman Prize for Nonfiction
Gold Winner • California Guide Award (Nonfiction)
Finalist • Los Angeles Times Guide Prize (Historical past)
Finalist • Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize

This “tough and anxious Historical past” exposes how American governments intentionally imposed racial segregation on metropolitan spaces national (New York Instances Guide Review).


Broadly heralded as a “masterful” (Washington Post) and “very important” (Slate) Historical past of the brand new American city, Richard Rothstein’s The Colour of Law gives “essentially the most forceful argument ever printed on how federal, state, and native governments gave upward thrust to and strengthened group segregation” (William Julius Wilson). Exploding the parable of de facto segregation bobbing up from non-public prejudice or the accidental outcomes of financial forces, Rothstein describes how the American executive systematically imposed residential segregation: with undisguised racial zoning; public housing that purposefully segregated in the past combined groups; subsidies for developers to create whites-best suburbs; tax exemptions for establishments that enforced segregation; and give a boost to for violent resistance to African American citizens in white neighborhoods. A groundbreaking, “just about essential” take a look at that has already reworked our figuring out of 20th-century city Historical past (Chicago Day-to-day Observer), The Colour of Law forces us to stand the duty to treatment our unconstitutional previous. 13 illustrations