The Reagan Presidency and the Politics of Race In Pursuit of Colorblind Justice and Limited Government
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- Binding: Hardcover
- Publisher: Greenwood Pub Group
- Publish date: 10/01/1998
Reagan's academic critics often argue that the president was politically motivated in his efforts to curtail federal enforcement of civil rights laws by his desire to appeal for the support of working-class whites, many of whom harbor racial resentments against minorities. Reagan's attempt to curb enforcement of those laws, has fostered charges by his critics that he was cynical and manipulative, though outwardly pleasant and likable; a president who shamelessley played the race card for his own political gain.
Laham challenges the conventional notion that Reagan was an ardent practitioner of the politics of racial division. Rather, he argues that Reagan's civil rights policy was determined by his philosophical commitment to colorblind justice and limited government, two core principles of his conservative agenda. This is a controversial survey important to students and scholars of contemporary American politics, public policy, and race relations.