Collision Course

Collision Course : The Strange Convergence of Affirmative Action and Immigration Policy in America

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This title looks at the impact of two great liberal reforms in the 1960's, the Civil Rights Act and the immigration and Naturalization Act, and how these have shaped discussions on illegal immigration, housing, education, the work force, and other issues on the state and federal level. It considers the 2000 census and similar issues, particularly the controversial California propositions in the 1990s.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 162.6 x 238.8 x 23.1mm | 503.5g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195143183
  • 9780195143188

About Hugh Davis Graham

Hugh Davis Graham is Holland N. McTyeire Professor of History and Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University. An authority on contemporary political issues, he is the author of The Civil Rights Era (OUP), Civil Rights and the Presidency (OUP), and The Uncertain Triumph.show more

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"In his probing new book, [Graham] pulls the two topics together and concludes that immigration poses a mortal threat to existing civil-rights policy.... Graham believes the explosive growth in affirmative-action eligibility, thanks to immigration, now threatens the future of a program designed originally to empower blacks."--John J. Miller, The Wall Street Journal"A concise, informative history of two much-debated policies, made richer by Graham's insight into their obvious relationship to each other."--Terry Eastland, Commentary"There is no better guide for understanding civil rights history and politics than Hugh Davis Graham. With the broad vision, balance, and rigor that are his trademarks, Collision Course explains America's inexplicable civil rights politics at the century's turn. Boldly original, provocative, and utterly fascinating."--John D. Skrentny, University of California, San Diego, and author of The Ironies of Affirmative Action"Combining shrewd political analysis with scholarly rigor, Hugh Graham packs more into these 200 pages than most of us could in 400. His analysis of the unanticipated interaction of immigration and affirmative action policies is tough-minded but scrupulously balanced. And by forcing us to think carefully about two issues that have been debated not only separately but irrationally, Graham helps us to understand our racial and ethnic past--and future."--Peter Skerry, Claremont McKenna College and the Brookings Institution"Graham's account suggests that while immigration's future in America remains bright, affirmative action as we have known it is probably doomed. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in either." --Peter H. Schuck, Yale University Law Schoolshow more

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