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AFFIRMATIVE ACTION by Trudy J. Hanmer

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION

Opportunity for All?

by Trudy J. Hanmer

Age Range: 12 & up

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-89490-451-5
Publisher: Enslow

 In an excellent summary of the history, development, and controversies surrounding affirmative action--the US government's initiative to assure better employment opportunities for women and people of color--Hanmer concentrates especially on how the program applies to African-Americans. In clear language and a flowing style, her well-organized account provides plenty of background, including judicial and legislative developments. Opponents of ``special treatment,'' as well as advocates of ``positive discrimination,'' are quoted fairly, and no easy resolutions are promised, though Hanmer's conclusion supports affirmative action's ``noble goals.'' Short boxed articles give examples of the policy's effects on individuals. Especially useful for students of contemporary history, and for new immigrants. B&w photos; source notes, bibliography, index. (Nonfiction. 12+)