Exploring The Limits of Executive Civil Rights Policymaking

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Oklahoma Law Review


This article evaluates official executive acts and their impact on black life since the civil rights revolution of the 1960s. It scrutinizes executive support for and opposition to black civil rights through treaties, constitutional provisions, statutes, executive orders and proclamations, and other official conduct. The article evaluates whether activism by the chief executive can help set the mood of the nation either in the direction of racial cooperation or division. Conversely, it considers whether a national mood of tolerance must first exist before a president who supports racial equality can act.

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Spring 2008