Affirmative Action: A Reference Handbook by Lynne Eisaguirre

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Although some affirmative action efforts began before the great burst of civil rights statutes in the 1960s, affirmative action efforts didn't really begin until it became clear that antidiscrimination statutes alone wouldn't dislodge long-standing patterns of discrimination. S. Supreme Court declared that no black person could claim United States citizenship. Even when the Civil War ended slavery, the government still held African Americans in a different status, finding, for instance, in the Supreme Court decision Plessy v.

Opening access for all to the highest-paying and most prestigious jobs that are now the preserves of white males would take a far more rigorous application of affirmative action techniques than has yet occurred. It would take the introduction of vigorous affirmative action programs into the many workplaces where they have been absent or ignored, Bergmann asserts (Bergmann 1996, 27). Supporters of affirmative action also argue that the policy has become essential to our future since it is projected that, by the year 2000, two out of three new workers will be either women or members of minority groups.

S. Supreme Court declared that no black person could claim United States citizenship. Even when the Civil War ended slavery, the government still held African Americans in a different status, finding, for instance, in the Supreme Court decision Plessy v. Ferguson, that there could be "separate but equal" facilities for blacks and whites and implicitly sanctioning continued segregation in schools, transportation, the armed services, and public accommodations. Similarly, all women were denied the right to vote until 1920.

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