The federal Equal Rights Amendment : projected effects based on interpretation of state ERAs
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Even a brief examination of the history of the United States, the “Home of the Free,” and the “Land of Opportunity,” reveals that, for any number of practical purposes, the United States has been the home of the free as well as the home of the oppressed and the land of limited opportunity for all but a select few. Legislative innovations of the past few decades have gone far in attempting to alleviate some of the inequalities which plague our nation. However, many of these attempts, admirable as they may be, have fallen far short of their aims. The Civil Rights Act of 1964, for example, attacked legislatively protected racial discrimination. The status of non-white Americans, however, remains second class by many standards.