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  • The Iraq war was divisive here at home, and has also divided the world community.
    Adam B. Schiff
  • The confluence of race and sex was a powerful force in dismantling Reconstruction after the Civil War, sustaining Jim Crow laws for a century and fueling divisive racial politics throughout the twentieth century In the aftermath of slavery, the creation of a system of racial hierarchy and segregation was largely designed to prevent intimate relationships like Walter and Karen’s—relationships that were, in fact, legally prohibited by "anti-miscegenation statutes" (the word miscegenationů
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • The game: a tricky, divisive Westing game.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • Nationwide, attitudes toward migrants have also proven increasingly divisive.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts

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  • It wasn’t to unify the rest of the group. in fact, it was divisive.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • This soon became the most divisive issue of all.
    Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston  --  Farewell to Manzanar
  • Tonight was Brown’s traditional response to the divisive national or campus issues: a mandatory "outreach" meeting held in all the freshman dorms.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • "There is no organization in this country as divisive as the new National Party," I declared.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • "I told her I would release it to the media" because her lie about a black carjacker was causing deep pain among blacks, and he said he owed it to the town to end the racial divisiveness it had caused.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • His social development essentially stalled with his breakdown, which came at a time when race in America was a raw, divisive subject.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist

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  • This is the divisiveness Lincoln will face if he manages to win the war.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • To be divisive.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • Like Washington and many others, Adams had become increasingly distraught over the rise of political divisiveness, the forming of parties or factions.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • She had kept her bargains with the officers in her army, promoting them outside their feudal hierarchy, making a new-model army that answered to her and not to the divisive barons.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia
  • And here at home, the power of the Mafia crime syndicates and the divisiveness of the civil rights movement are two crucial situations requiring immediate attention.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • They continued celebrating in a festive spirit and singing that the people united would never be defeated—even though each time they sang, it sounded more out of tune because divisiveness and hatred were inexorably growing.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • A Cambodian teenager, kidnapped and sold to a brothel, in the room where she works (Nicholas D. Kristof) One reason the modern abolitionist movement hasn’t been more effective is the divisive politics of prostitution.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • Our team chose to revive This I Believe precisely to counter the divisiveness, the anger, the prejudice, and to raise a flag for thoughtfulness.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
  • He showed us a pile of hostile editorials and stories from as far away as Boston and Florida, with the headlines "No Ingles!"; "Banning English Divisive Measure"; "Hot in Any Language"; "Town’s Ordinance a Step Backwards"; "Small Town News Can Grow Big and Ugly"; "Texas Town Makes Spanish Official, Stirs War of Words."
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • He joked openly about his father’s vast riches during the campaign, defusing that divisive issue with humor and candor so that average Americans would trust him when he spoke about making America better.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • Just as in the 1950s, our beliefs circle around the difficult, divisive questions of the age—what constitutes patriotism, the role of religion in our lives, race, poverty, immigration, America’s place in the world, and the threat of planetary annihilation.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
  • But tonight’s freshmen clearly have arrived knowing that the multiculturalist credo-embrace diversity so that every personal characteristic is cause for pride, not shame-has been criticized for institutionalizing divisiveness.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • His Reconstruction policies were bitterly divisive, to the point that he warred openly with members of his own party.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • "Of the potentially divisive threats to "the more perfect union," none surpassed slavery.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • It should be self-evident that a faculty that speaks with unanimity on some of the most divisive issues of the day is not fulfilling its duty.
    Declaration Foundation: Restoring America  -- 06/29/06)
  • One of the most divisive and controversial aspects of the current immigration debate is the proposal for a temporary worker program.
    Edwin Meese III and Matthew Spalding  --  Permanent Principles and Temporary Workers  -- 06/29/06)
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