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Constructing Affirmative Action: The Struggle for Equal Employment Opportunity

David Hamilton Golland


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 ... More

Keywords: Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, economic inequality, school desegregation, voting rights, community activism, racial exclusion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780813129976
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813129976.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Hamilton Golland, author