was the only Democrat to face a Republican Congress, and a hostile one at that
Reagan Department of Justice policies increased white resistance to desegregated public education (
Bullock 1984a, 180-81). An example was Reagan administration support of the Norfolk, Virginia, case that released school districts
from school busing plans.
Evidence may be the overwhelming bipartisan support for overriding Reagan's veto of the Civil Rights Restoration Act (73-24 in the Senate and
292-133 in the House). Congress proved particularly assertive under Presidents Reagan and Bush.
For example, a correlation of r = -0.293 exists between legislative requests
and executive orders (
For example, Reagan was forced to shelve rescinding Johnson's executive
order on affirmative action. At the same time, general public support for the
president's handling of his job is unrelated to his civil rights statements (r =
0.073) and actions (r = 0.193) with legislative position taking.
In a national poll taken shortly after the riot, 55 percent blamed the Reagan-
Bush administrations versus just 42 percent blaming the 1960s social policies as
the cause of "urban distress" ( Washington Post National Weekly Edition, May
18-24, 1992, 37).
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Book title: American Civil Rights Policy from Truman to Clinton:The Role of Presidential Leadership.
Contributors: Steven A. Shull - Author.
Publisher: M. E. Sharpe.
Place of publication: Armonk, NY.
Publication year: 2000.
Page number: 267.
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