Constructing Affirmative Action: The Struggle for Equal Employment Opportunity

Constructing Affirmative Action: The Struggle for Equal Employment Opportunity

by David Hamilton Golland
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0813129974

ISBN-13: 9780813129976

Pub. Date: 02/15/2011

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

Between 1965, when President Lyndon B. Johnson defined affirmative action as a legitimate federal goal, and 1972, when President Richard M. Nixon named one of affirmative action's chief antagonists the head of the Department of Labor, government officials at all levels addressed racial economic inequality in earnest. Providing members of historically disadvantaged

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Between 1965, when President Lyndon B. Johnson defined affirmative action as a legitimate federal goal, and 1972, when President Richard M. Nixon named one of affirmative action's chief antagonists the head of the Department of Labor, government officials at all levels addressed racial economic inequality in earnest. Providing members of historically disadvantaged groups an equal chance at obtaining limited and competitive positions, affirmative action had the potential to alienate large numbers of white Americans, even those who had viewed school desegregation and voting rights in a positive light. Thus, affirmative action was — and continues to be — controversial.

Novel in its approach and meticulously researched, David Hamilton Golland's Constructing Affirmative Action: The Struggle for Equal Employment Opportunity bridges a sizeable gap in the literature on the history of affirmative action. Golland examines federal efforts to diversify the construction trades from the 1950s through the 1970s, offering valuable insights into the origins of affirmative action—related policy. Constructing Affirmative Action analyzes how community activism pushed the federal government to address issues of racial exclusion and marginalization in the construction industry with programs in key American cities.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813129976
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Publication date:
02/15/2011
Series:
Civil Rights and the Struggle for Black Equality in the Twentieth Century Series
Pages:
280
Sales rank:
823,630
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Abbreviations xiii

Introduction 1

1 Fighting Bureaucratic Inertia, 1956-1960 7

2 Becoming the Urban Crisis, 1961-1963 35

3 Grasping at Solutions, 1964-1967 65

4 Pushing the Envelope: The Philadelphia Plans, 1967-1969 103

5 Constructing Affirmative Action, 1970-1973 143

Conclusion: Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity 171

Notes 185

Selected Bibliography 227

Index 235

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