Legally Reading Book Club

Legally Reading

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Legally Reading: A Joint Book Discussion Group

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The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein

Our Next Selection is "The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America" by Richard Rothstein.    

"The Color of Law" is a groundbreaking work that shatters the myth that America's cities came to be racially divided by individual prejudices, income divisions or action of private institutions such as banks and real estate agencies. Author Richard Rothstein writes about the role our government played in promoting discriminatory patterns that continue to this day. 

Full List of  Remaining Books and Dates for the 2021-22 year of Legally Reading:  

Tuesday October 12--The Color of Law--Richard Rothstein:  A leading authority on housing policy explodes the myth that America's cities came to be racially divided through de facto segregation. He argues that laws and policy decisions promoted these discriminatory patterns that continue to this day.

Tuesday December 14--Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law School--Haben GirmaGirma, born with deaf-blindness, overcame roadblocks while simultaneously obtaining her undergraduate and then law degree.

Tuesday February 8--The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together--Heather McGeeMcGee marshalls economic and sociological research to paint the story of racism's cost to all Americans. 

Tuesday April 12--$2 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America--Kathryn Edin and Luke ShaeferAfter two decades of research on American poverty, co-author Edin noticed something she hadn't seen since the mid-1990s--households surviving on virtually no income. Read their stories and learn more about this problem.  

Tuesday June 14--Caste: The Origins of our Discontent--by Isabel Wilkerson: The Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Warmth of Other Suns examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and shows how our lives today are still defined by a hierarchy of human divisions.          


The Legally Reading book club will meet virtually until further notice. Videoconference information will go out prior to each meeting to those who sign up.

For more information, contact Library Director Gail Wechsler at 314-622-4470 or