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Affirmative Action in Antidiscrimination Law and Policy: An by William M. Leiter

By William M. Leiter

Affirmative motion has been and is still the flashpoint of America’s civil rights time table. but whereas the affirmative motion literature is voluminous, no accomplished account of its significant criminal and public coverage dimensions exists. Samuel and William M. Leiter study the starting place and progress of affirmative motion, its effect on American society, its present kingdom, and its destiny anti-discrimination position, if any. proficient by way of numerous assorted disciplines-law, heritage, economics, sociology, political technological know-how, city experiences, and criminology-the textual content combines the proper criminal fabrics with research and remark from various specialists. This even-handed presentation of the topic of affirmative motion is certain to be a useful reduction to these looking to comprehend the issue’s many complexities.

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Would American Indians qualify? Patterson derides chauvinism,134 but is there not a streak of that attitude in this proposal? Chapter Three Q The Career of Affirmative Action in Employment Prologue The antidiscrimination ferment of the 1950s and 1960s sparked a radical shift in national policy, for which the modern civil rights movement deserves a lion’s share of credit. During the nineteenth century, American blacks generally refrained from organized civil resistance, preferring to cultivate various strategies of accommodation with the white majority.

38 Second, the sovereign power of the franchise. 40 In short, what Reconstruction’s version of equal opportunity offered the freedmen focused upon a guarantee of political, but not economic autonomy. In the end, neither was forthcoming. The prospect of political emancipation, seemingly at hand when the freedmen gained the vote, was a mirage. 42 In addition, most of the former slaves never enjoyed any true employment or entrepreneurial opportunity, and for this the blame belongs equally to the North and the South.

These include: SBA maintains several programs that serve small businesses generally, by providing technical assistance, loan guarantees, and equity capital through Small Business Investment Companies (SBICs). The Minority Business Development Administration (MBDA) at [The Department of] Commerce provides technical assistance and support for women- and minority-owned firms. Several agencies maintain “Mentor-Protegé” programs which encourage majority firms to advise and nurture new and growing minorityowned firms by providing managerial and technical assistance.

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