A Review Essay on 'Racial Propositions: Ballot Initiatives and the Making of Postwar California' by Daniel Martinez HoSang

California Legal History, Vol. 5, p. 367, 2010

16 Pages Posted: 10 Apr 2011

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Ethan J. Leib

Fordham University School of Law

Date Written: December 1, 2010

Abstract

It is probably the case that after Prop. 8 few people think of California as at the frontier of civil rights in this country. Professor HoSang's book helpfully reminds us that this is not news but a pattern. This review essay analyzes HoSang's historical lens into that pattern: that California's repeat performances can be traced to "racial liberalism" and an ideology of "political whiteness."

Keywords: direct democracy, California, whiteness, Myrdal, Hartz

Suggested Citation

Leib, Ethan J., A Review Essay on 'Racial Propositions: Ballot Initiatives and the Making of Postwar California' by Daniel Martinez HoSang (December 1, 2010). California Legal History, Vol. 5, p. 367, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1805778

Ethan J. Leib (Contact Author)

Fordham University School of Law ( email )

150 West 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023
United States

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