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The Color of Law Roundtable Book Discussion

Tuesday, March 9 at 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join our roundtable book discussion of The Color Of Law.

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This “powerful and disturbing history” exposes how American governments deliberately imposed racial segregation on metropolitan areas nationwide (New York Times Book Review).

In this groundbreaking history of the modern American metropolis, Richard Rothstein, a leading authority on housing policy, explodes the myth that America’s cities came to be racially divided through de facto segregation—that is, through individual prejudices, income differences, or the actions of private institutions like banks and real estate agencies. Rather, The Color of Law incontrovertibly makes clear that it was de jure segregation—the laws and policy decisions passed by local, state, and federal governments—that actually promoted the discriminatory patterns that continue to this day. This title is one of Publishers Weekly’s 10 Best Books of 2017, and was longlisted for the National Book Award.

Roundtable discussion will be led by Steve McGrath, retired Adjunct Professor of History at Central Connecticut State University, taught courses in American history and European revolutions.  Previously, he had been department head of History in the West Hartford and New Milford Public Schools. He is co-author of “The First Congregational Church of Woodbury, Connecticut: 350 Years of Faith, Fellowship, and Service.”   McGrath has also published articles in The Connecticut History Review and the former Connecticut Historical Society Bulletin.  He has presented papers at the Association for the Study of Connecticut History, the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church, and the Anglican Church Historical Society of Canada.   He has led roundtable book discussions on The Americanization of Ben Franklin and Playing with Fire at the Avon Library.

Discussion will be held via Zoom. Please register and a Zoom link will be sent to you before the event.


Tuesday, March 9
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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