Civil Rights under Reagan


"Civil Rights Under Reagan'" is a masterful look at race relations and policy in America. Polls on racial attitudes show that the vast majority of Americans - including black Americans - believe our system should be color-blind. This fascinating book documents the Reagan administration's attempt - and failure - to abolish race-sensitive civil rights policies.

Reagan's campaign against affirmative action was bitterly opposed by the civil rights community. "Civil Right Under Reagan" argues that the body of civil rights law "legislated" by judges and supported by an elite group of academics, lawyers, and journalists proved remarkably resistant to change through the democratic process. The Reagan administration's only real success came after it left office, when its Supreme Court appointees led the way in scaling back the scope of affirmative action - an ironic postscript for a president who railed against legislating through the courts.

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