The Pursuit of Equality in American History

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University of California Press, Jan 1, 1978 - Civil rights - 380 pages
The author looks to the origins of equality in Greek thought and the idea's important in the eighteenth century to understand the tenacious attraction it has had for American over more than two hundred years of political, legal, and social controversy.
 

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Contents

The Idea of Equality in a Hostile World
1
The Meanings of a SelfEvident Truth
13
Do Good Fences Make Good Neighbours?
59
The Emergence of Religious Pluralism
87
The Constitutional Aegis and the Emergence of Individualism
112
Who Are the People of the United States?
148
More Separate than Equal
177
Opportunity Race and the Concept of Pluralism
214
Remaking the Constitutional Environment
253
Where Equality Is not Identity
293
An Incomplete Revolution
325
Index
359
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Until his retirement in 1989, J. R. Pole was Rhodes Professor of American History and Institutions at Oxford University. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and the author of numerous works, including "Political Representation in England and the Origins of the American Republic" (California, 1971) and "Paths to the American Past".

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