America in Black and White: One Nation, Indivisible

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Simon and Schuster, 1999 - Social Science - 704 pages
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The "American Dilemma, " Gunnar Myrdal called the problem of race in his classic 1944 book. More than half a century later, race remains the issue that dwarfs all others - the problem that doesn't get solved and won't go away. But in the decades since Myrdal wrote, much has changed, say the authors of America in Black and White. Progress - too little acknowledged - has been heartening. Pessimists talk of the "permanence of racism, " and say that things are as bad as ever. In fact, the authors show, the status of blacks has been transformed in recent decades, and there is no going back. Problems remain, of course. But they will not be solved by traditional civil rights strategies, the authors argue. Affirmative action programs, for instance, do nothing to help the black underclass. Racial preferences cannot rescue the high school dropout who is too unskilled for the modern world of work. Racial progress ultimately depends on our common understanding that we are one nation, indivisible - that we sink or swim together, that black poverty impoverishes us all, and that black alienation eats at the nation's soul.
 

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This is a solid, sweeping account (from a Harvard scholar and a race relations specialist) of race relations in the United States over the last 50-some years, from the days of Jim Crow, through sit ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
9
PART
15
CHAPTER ONE Jim Crow
25
CHAPTER TWO The Promised Land
53
PART
181
CHAPTER EIGHT Cities and Suburbs
203
CHAPTER TWELVE With All Deliberate Speed
315
CHAPTER THIRTEEN Skills Tests and Diversity
348
CHAPTER FOURTEEN The Higher Learning
386
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN The Racial Climate
493
One Nation Indivisible
530
Notes
546
List of Tables
672
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Stephan Thernstrom, the Winthrop Professor of History at Harvard University, is the editor of The Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups and the author of several other books.

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