Affirmative Action Analytical Essay by Jay Writtings LLC

Affirmative Action
A look at issues concerning affirmative action and education in the United States.
# 116375 | 1,436 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2009 | US

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This paper provides a brief overview of what affirmative action is and then discusses its history. In particular, the paper looks at the specifics of the ruling by the Supreme Court in two cases regarding the University of Michigan acceptance program.

Regents of the University of California v. Bakke
Grutter v. Bollinger
Gratz v. Bollinger
The Future of Affirmative Action

From the Paper:

"Affirmative Action was an idea established by President Lyndon B. Johnson after his discussions with the leaders of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) in the midst of the civil rights movements of the early 1960's. CORE was concerned about the lack of opportunity for African American individuals in the work place as well as their acceptance into higher education institutions. They presented the idea of Compensatory Preferential Treatment which would give African Americans preferential treatment when applying for jobs as well as acceptance into universities. Soon Affirmative Action would apply to all minorities such as women, Hispanics, etc. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Lyndon B. Johnson, 1965. Volume II, entry 301, pp. 635-640. Washington, D. C.: Government Printing Office, 1966.
  • O'Neil, R. M. "Preferential Admissions Revisited: Some Reflections on DeFunis and Bakke." Journal of College & University Law, 14, 423-34, 1987.
  • Moreno, Pamela Barta. "The history of affirmative action law and its relation to college admission", Journal of College Admissions, Spring 2003.
  • Greenhouse, Linda. "The Supreme Court: Affirmative Action; Justices back affirmative action by 5 to 4, but wider vote bans a racial point system", New York Times, 24 June 2003: A1. .
  • Kronholz, June. "High Court Revisits College Racial Preferences", The Wall Street Journal,, 2 April 2003, A3.

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