Affirmative action in the United States of America

Bozan Ágnes (2005) Affirmative action in the United States of America. MA/MSc, Szegedi Tudományegyetem.

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Racism, prejudice and discrimination have always been major problems all over the world. They mainly affect African-Americans, but those who belong to an other minorities who differ from others in race, religion, language, etc. also suffer from unfair treatment. During the past few decades many movements have fought for equality and many programs and acts have been passed to help minorities. In the United States one of the most controversial and much-debated issue is affirmative action. Some affirmative action efforts began before the great burst of Civil Rights statutes in the 1950s and 1960s, but these efforts did not truly take hold until it became clear that anti-discrimination statutes alone were not enough to break long-standing patterns of discrimination. Essentually, affirmative action aids minorities in obtaining employment, accommodation, and admissions to collages or universities. The question is whether affirmative action protects the interests of every person in America or only the interests of minorities at the expense of diminishing the rights of others. In the interest of clarifying the problem, fist, I examine the history of the creation of affirmative action programs. Consequently, I review the positive and negative aspects and the effectiveness of such programs. In chapter 3, I examine the extent to which discrimination persists today in employment and education. Finally, I draw a conclusion about American public opinion.


Szegedi Tudományegyetem


Gyula Juhász Teacher Training College


Angol Tanszék


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Item Type: Thesis (MA/MSc)
Date: 2005
Depositing User: JGYPK Szerkesztő
Date Deposited: 2019. May. 02. 08:07
Last Modified: 2019. May. 03. 06:31

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