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The Bakke Case: Race, Education, and Affirmative Action


reviewed by Edward Taylor — 2002

coverTitle: The Bakke Case: Race, Education, and Affirmative Action
Author(s): Howard Ball
Publisher: University Press of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
ISBN: 0700610456 , Pages: 231, Year: 2000
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I live in a state (Washington) that outlawed affirmative action in 1998, by the passage of Initiative 200. Heated debate about this hot topic is now a thing of the past. Forgive me, but a new book about the Bakke case seemed somewhat dated, even moot. My misgivings turned out to be largely unjustified. In a series edited by Peter Hoffer and N.E. Hull, entitled "Landmark law cases and American society," Howard Ball meticulously, and fairly, traces the legal trajectory of Bakke from its important predecessor, DeFunis v. Odegaard [president of the University of Washington], to its ultimate societal impact as well as the current backlash against affirmative action. Ball, a professor of political science at the University of Vermont, spent five years researching the case, including primary documents, conference session notes of Supreme Court justices and interviews with Chief Justice Warren Burger and the eight associate justices. He also draws from a trove of other sources—newspapers, magazines, books, law review articles, and television coverage. Ball’s goal... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 104 Number 5, 2002, p. 1011-1015
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10768, Date Accessed: 12/12/2017 10:43:08 PM

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