Historians and political theorists have delineated the concept of equality into two categories: the competitive individualist notion of equality of process and the egalitarian ideal of equality of results. The former is concerned with providing a level playing field for all, while the latter focuses on a just distribution resulting from the process. In other words, the egalitarian spirit was not absent from American history, but Americans believed that justice would best be served through competition.
Recommended CitationChapman '01, Terrence (2000) "The Debate Regarding the Freedman's Bureau: Is Equality of Process Sufficient for Equality of Results?," Res Publica - Journal of Undergraduate Research: Vol. 5
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