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Reagan Presidency And The Politics Of Race

Reagan Presidency And The Politics Of Race

by Nicholas Laham
     
 

Laham analyzes perhaps the most politically controversial element of Reagan's conservative agenda, involving his attempt to curtail federal enforcement of civil rights laws. The book focuses on the major initiatives Reagan pursued in his attempt to curb enforcement of those laws: first, his efforts to reform affirmative action by prohibiting mandatory employer

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Laham analyzes perhaps the most politically controversial element of Reagan's conservative agenda, involving his attempt to curtail federal enforcement of civil rights laws. The book focuses on the major initiatives Reagan pursued in his attempt to curb enforcement of those laws: first, his efforts to reform affirmative action by prohibiting mandatory employer use of minority and white female hiring goals, and second, his veto of the Civil Rights Restoration Act.

Reagan's academic critics argue that the president was politically motivated in his efforts to curtail federal enforcement of civil rights laws by his desire to appeal for the support of working-class whites, many of whom harbor racial resentments against minorities. Reagan's historical reputation suffers from his attempt to curb enforcement of those laws, which has fostered charges by his critics that he was cynical and manipulative, though outwardly pleasant and likable; a president who shamelessley played the race card for his own political gain. Laham challenges the conventional notion that Reagan was an ardent practitioner of the politics of racial division. Rather, he argues that Reagan's civil rights policy was determined by his philosophical commitment to colorblind justice and limited government, two core principles of his conservative agenda. This is a controversial survey important to students and scholars of contemporary American politics, public policy, and race relations.

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Analyzes former president Reagan's efforts to curtail federal enforcement of civil rights laws, focusing on affirmative action and the Grove City decision. Challenges the conventional notion that Reagan was a cynical and manipulative president who played the race card for his own political gain, and argues that his civil rights policy was determined by his genuine belief in color-blind justice and limited government. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275961824
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/30/1998
Pages:
258
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Lexile:
1680L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

NICHOLAS LAHAM is an independent scholar specializing in the study of American politics and public policy. Among Dr. Laham's earlier publications are Why the United States Lacks a National Health Insurance Program (Praeger, 1993) and A Lost Cause: Bill Clinton's Campaign for National Health Insurance (Praeger, 1996).

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