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Affirmative action Thesis Although many people believe that affirmative Action is a form of racism it is actually used to help minorities find employment in an otherwise racist world In the United States equality is a recurring theme It has flared into a fervent moral issue at crucial stages of American history The revolutionary and Jacksonian Period and the New Deal In each era the legitimacy of American society is challenged by some set of people unhappy with the degree of equality Verba and Orren Following the Civil War Congress passed a number of laws designed to put former slaves on an equal level with white people The Fourteenth Amendment made the freedmen citizen and prohibited states from enforcing any law which took away the privliges of any citizen depriving men of life liberty or property without due process of the law or denied men equal protection of the laws In 1875 Republican majority in Congress aware that reconstruction would soon end passed a civil right act to secure by law semblance of equality for Black Americans Urofsky 19 Many white Americans really did not like the idea of equality for the Black Freedmen Gideon Welles who had been prevailing sentiment when he wrote in 1871 Thank God slavery is abolished but the Negro is not and never can be the equal of the white man He is of an inferior race and must always remain soUrofsky 23 The supreme court agreed and in 1883 passed the Civil Rights act which diluted much of th e protection of the Fourteenth Amendment Justice Joseph Bradely interpreted the enforcement provision of the amendment as strictly remedial congress has the power to remedy a discriminatory state law but could not take affirmative steps to protect blacks from other forms of prejudice Urofsky 21 As a result of this decision the federal government took no action to combat racism in the country until the second world war Urofsky 22
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