The Color of Politics

Race and the Mainsprings of American Politics

A well-documented and accessible look at race in the history of American politics

“This is a magisterial review of the role of racism in American history. Goldfield’s sweeping account recasts the familiar turning points in our past to show the singular and destructive impact of racism, and its crippling consequences for the development of class-based politics. This bold book will take its place as one of the truly important statements about American political history.” —Frances Fox Piven, co-author of Regulating the Poor and The Breaking of the American Social Compact

How has race determined the course of American history? From the Revolution to the New Deal, from the Civil War to World War II, race has been at the center of virtually every national turning point. In a brilliant book, Michael Goldfield doggedly documents the persistence of racism in the American nation through a penetrating assessment of racism in the labor movement.