Book Talks, Virtual Live Events

Virtual Book Talk: The Color of Law


When: Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 7:00 - 8:00 pm ET

Event Location: YouTube Live

Cost: Suggested Donation

Join us on YouTube Live for a virtual book talk with Richard Rothsteinthe author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America. The Color of Law documents how American cities, from San Francisco to Boston, became so racially divided, as federal, state, and local governments systematically imposed residential segregation 

These policies were supplemented by racially purposeful government programs that depressed African American incomes, making escape nearly impossible from neighborhoods of concentrated disadvantage. Properties in African American neighborhoods frequently had higher assessed-to-market-value ratios, resulting in higher property tax payments. The federal government certified unions that excluded African Americans from membership, denying them full participation in the economic boom that followed World War II. Such programs still influence tragedies in places like Ferguson and elsewhere. Scholars have separately described many of these policies; The Color of Law uniquely brings them together to show how they interacted to create a powerful system of residential segregation in every metropolitan area. 

Richard will be joined in conversation by the Tenement Museum’s Associate Director of Visitor Services, Katie Baker-Barricks 

Purchase The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America from the Tenement Museum shop.

While this program is free, you can donate to support future programming from the Tenement Museum here

When: October 27, 2020, 7:00 – 8:00 pm ET


This program will continue to be available on our Youtube channel following the LIVE screening.