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FRONTLINE; Assault on Affirmative Action


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Assault on Affirmative Action
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Premiered January 1983 Since January 1983, FRONTLINE has served as American public television's - PBS - flagship public affairs series. Hailed upon its television broadcast debut as "the last best hope for broadcast documentaries," FRONTLINE's stature over 23 years is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience. Series release date: 1/1983

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The Supreme Court ruled against a Memphis firefighter who successfully fought for an affirmative action plan for the hiring of fellow firefighters in 1984. As a result, the Justice Department asked 50 cities to tighten their affirmative action policies. Correspondent George Curry examines the twenty-year conflict over these policies and reveals the point of view of those whom it affects.



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Public Affairs
Chicago: “FRONTLINE; Assault on Affirmative Action,” 06/17/1986, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed September 21, 2020, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A00DD2CF9C4B485391D831DCF5F4388A.
MLA: “FRONTLINE; Assault on Affirmative Action.” 06/17/1986. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. September 21, 2020. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A00DD2CF9C4B485391D831DCF5F4388A>.
APA: FRONTLINE; Assault on Affirmative Action. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A00DD2CF9C4B485391D831DCF5F4388A
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