The Bakke Case: Race, Education, and Affirmative Actionreviewed by Edward Taylor — 2002
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.) Title:
The Bakke Case: Race, Education, and Affirmative ActionAuthor(s):
Howard Ball Publisher:
University Press of Kansas, Lawrence, KSISBN:
0700610456 , Pages:
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- Edward Taylor
University of Washington
Edward Taylor is assistant professor of education, University of Washington. He studies critical issues in higher education, multicultural education, and policies serving disenfranchised groups.