- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Online publication date: February 2022
- Print publication year: 2022
- Online ISBN: 9781009030977
- DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009030977
In November 2020, The New York Times asked fifteen of its columnists to 'explain what the past four years have cost America.' Not one of the columnists focused on President Trump's racism. This book seeks to redress this imbalance and bring Black Americans' role in our economy to the forefront. While all humans were created equal, economic history in the United States tells a different story. Reconstruction lasted for only a decade, and Jim Crow laws replaced it. The Civil Rights Movement lasted through the 1960s, yet decayed under President Nixon. The United States has been declining in the Social Product Index, where it now is the lowest of the G7 and 26th in the world. For health and happiness, Temin argues that we need lasting integration efforts that allow Black Americans equal opportunity. This book convincingly integrates Black and white activities into an inclusive economic history of America.
David Autor - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Claudia Goldin - Henry Lee Professor of Economics, Harvard University
Gavin Wright - Stanford University
Paul Rhodes - University of Michigan
Nell Irvin Painter - Princeton University, author of The History of White People
Raj Chetty - Harvard University
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