In order to discuss how affirmative action was put into legislation, we must review the history of black americans and slavery. America's Declaration of Independence stated that "all men were created equal," but under the Constitution blacks were not created equal because first of all, they were not American citizens; they were considered to be property. This is seen in the Dred Scott v. Sanford case (1857) when Dred Scott, a slave is taken by his master to settle into other free states and back into the state of Missouri (not a free state). When his master died, he claimed to be free because he had lived in states where slavery was illegal. This case went to the Supreme Court, where it was ruled that... [continues]
Cite This Essay
(2002, 03). Affirmative Action: an Attempt by the United States. StudyMode.com. Retrieved 03, 2002, from http://www.studymode.com/essays/Affirmative-Action-Attempt-United-States-37789.html
"Affirmative Action: an Attempt by the United States" StudyMode.com. 03 2002. 03 2002 <http://www.studymode.com/essays/Affirmative-Action-Attempt-United-States-37789.html>.
"Affirmative Action: an Attempt by the United States." StudyMode.com. 03, 2002. Accessed 03, 2002. http://www.studymode.com/essays/Affirmative-Action-Attempt-United-States-37789.html.