Making Sense of Desegregation and Affirmative Action

11 Pages Posted: 11 Jan 2012

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William W. Van Alstyne

Duke University School of Law; William & Mary Law School

Date Written: 1979


This review discusses J. Harvie Wilkinson's "From Brown to Bakke" and its companion work, "Counting by Race: Equality from the Founding Fathers to Bakke and Weber" written by Terry Eastland and William J. Bennett. Wilkinson's work is found to maintain a narrow focus on its specific subject of school desegregation and the Supreme Court, but it suffers from over-exaggeration and an abundance of adornment in his writing style. "Counting" is a provocative piece that asserts the position that the Constitution is still not color-blind, despite what many have proposed, and makes an authoritative argument for such a claim.

Keywords: desegregation, affirmative action, book review

Suggested Citation

Van Alstyne, William W. and Van Alstyne, William W., Making Sense of Desegregation and Affirmative Action (1979). Texas Law Review, Vol. 57, No. 8, p. 1489, 1979, William & Mary Law School Research Paper No. 09-199, Available at SSRN:

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