Affirmative Action: A Documentary History

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Examining affirmative action and its history through these 400 documents that trace its roots and development, this work is an invaluable reference resource. Race, gender, and disability, as they pertaing to affirmative action, are also explored. By providing a thorough presentation of the arguments both for and against, this reference encourages critical thinking as it details the ins and outs of the debate.

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Overview

Examining affirmative action and its history through these 400 documents that trace its roots and development, this work is an invaluable reference resource. Race, gender, and disability, as they pertaing to affirmative action, are also explored. By providing a thorough presentation of the arguments both for and against, this reference encourages critical thinking as it details the ins and outs of the debate.

From government reports to cartoons, high school and college students will find multiple perspectives on affirmative action. They can view the issue through the eyes of law-makers, judges, presidents, activists, the media, social scientists, those who have benefited from it, and those who have been threatened by it. They can also discover its application in a myriad of disciplines from sports to education to business to the arts. An explanatory introduction precedes each document to aid readers in understanding the various arguments that have been put forth in this debate, providing the researcher with accessible references to all sides of the subject.

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Continuing the series to provide primary material for high school and college students, Robinson (history, Morgan State U.) has collected 400 documents and added brief introductions placing each in historical and political context. Noting that most studies of affirmative action discuss only race, she codes each document for whether it deals with any or all of race, gender, or disability. The arrangement is chronological, the first section spanning from 1854 to 1900 and the last from 1981 to 2000. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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JO ANN OOIMAN ROBINSON is Professor of History at Morgan State University.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

1845-1900

1900-1963

Progressivism and World War I

The 1920s

The 1930s

World War II

Post-War Era

The Eisenhower Administration

The Kennedy Era

1964-1972

The Administration of Lyndon Johnson

The Administration of Richard Nixon

1973-1980

The Final Nixon Years

The Interim Years of Gerald Ford

The Administration of Jimmy Carter

1981-2000

The Reagan-Bush Years

Administration of William Jefferson Clinton

Bibliography

Index

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