Richard Rothstein, author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America. Rothstein’s widely praised book makes clear that the laws and policy decisions passed by local, state, and federal governments actually promoted the discriminatory patterns that continue to this day--and uses Deerfield history as one of many examples. Video of the lecture is available, too.
This was the final program in our special series, The Fight to Integrate Deerfield: 60 Year Reflection, which featured discussions, lectures, and exhibits all focused on the history of Deerfield residents voting to block an integrated housing development intended for the Village in 1959.
Listen to past podcast episodes on The Fight to Integrate Deerfield: Graham Ambrose on his Yale thesis on Deerfield history, or longtime resident and photographer Art Shay.
While our programs are over, you can still see our exhibits of photographs and displays of original materials through the end of this anniversary year. We are also still collecting stories, reflections, and documents related to the fight over integrated housing in Deerfield. Find out more here.
Finally, our online resources, including our newly digitized archives, videos of past programs, audio interviews, and more, will be up in perpetuity for future residents and researchers and are also available here.