A Century of Debate: Equality of Opportunity

June 1, 2023

“The dichotomy between liberty and equality has remained the question most relevant in the American experiment. Dr. Davenport and Dr. Lloyd give us the best chronological examination of the question.”

—J. R. Carman, founder, New Jersey Constitutional Republicans

Equality of Opportunity: A Century of Debate

When we advocate for equality of opportunity in the United States, what do we mean? Do we depend on our foundational principles for guidance, or should the federal government take a more active role in pushing for equity? Liberals and conservatives have been arguing this dilemma for more than a century. The historical debates offer illuminating background for the question: Where do we go from here?

Authors examine the following topics:

About the Book

CONTACT:  Barbara Arellano: 650-725-5630, barbara.arellano@stanford.edu

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