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Constructing affirmative action : the struggle for equal employment opportunity

Author: David Hamilton Golland
Publisher: Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, ©2011.
Series: Civil rights and the struggle for Black equality in the twentieth century.
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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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Hamilton Golland
ISBN: 9780813129976 0813129974 9780813129983 0813129982
OCLC Number: 682895306
Description: xiv, 248 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Fighting bureaucratic inertia, 1956-1960 --
Becoming the urban crisis, 1961-1963 --
Grasping at solutions, 1964-1967 --
Pushing the envelope : the Philadelphia plans, 1967-1969 --
Constructing affirmative action, 1970-1973 --
Conclusion : affirmative action and equal employment opportunity.
Series Title: Civil rights and the struggle for Black equality in the twentieth century.
Responsibility: David Hamilton Golland.

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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. -- Book Description.

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