The Reagan Counterrevolution

Timothy J. Minchin and John A. Salmond

in After the Dream

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780813129785
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135625 | DOI:
The Reagan Counterrevolution

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Several Americans, particularly those from the white South, shared the same sense of high elation with Senator Thurmond after Ronald Reagan was elected as the nation's president. Busing was about to come to an end, and the unembraced social change was still at a pace. In the remaining days of the Carter administration, those who implemented civil rights policies—such as Assistant Secretary of Labor Ernest K. Green who issued several small job training grants—attempted to do what they can in order to complete as much unfinished business as they could. Also, HEW moved against higher education segregation through hastening integration in traditionally black colleges. While such efforts led to Green's investigation since his actions were perceived as acts of defiance, the Reagan transition team also attempted to withdraw one of Carter's “sweeping affirmative action agreement” that assured more jobs for blacks and Hispanics.

Keywords: Senator Thurmond; busing; Carter administration; Reagan administration; HEW; Ernest K. Green; integration

Chapter.  14458 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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