New York City, October 19, 2017—In the early part of the 20th century, the city was a melting pot of diverse communities, but by the late 1800s, the number of nonwhite people was falling and the city became increasingly racially segregated.
In a series of landmark court cases, New York State Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter established the “separate but equal” doctrine in the early 1900s and led the way in bringing the city back to peace.
Today, more than three-quarters of the city’s residents are nonwhite, and nearly two-thirds are white.
This is the year that changed America.
__________ This piece first appeared on New York magazine’s website.