[...] the book "stresses Nixon's actions in establishing the trajectory of affirmative action" (p. 2), placing him much closer to the center of the growth of affirmative action than many previous scholars. [...] Part III - "Affirmative Action and the New Liberalism" - traces how the president was able to use affirmative action as a bridge to the racial identity politics that he believed could help secure his reelection.
Richard Nixon and the Rise of Affirmative Action: The Pursuit of Racial Equal... Michael K Fauntroy Presidential Studies Quarterly; Sep 2009; 39, 3; Docstoc pg.
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