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An American dilemma : the Negro problem and modern democracy. Volume 1

Author: Gunnar Myrdal; Sissela Bok
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2017.
Series: African-American studies.
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"In this landmark effort to understand African American people in the New World, Gunnar Myrdal provides deep insight into the contradictions of American democracy as well as a study of a people within a people. The title of the book, 'An American Dilemma', refers to the moral contradiction of a nation torn between allegiance to its highest ideals and awareness of the base realities of racial discrimination. The  Read more...
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Myrdal, Gunnar.
American Dilemma.
London : Taylor and Francis, 2017
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Gunnar Myrdal; Sissela Bok
ISBN: 9781315082417 1315082411
OCLC Number: 1004350234
Description: 1 online resource : text file, PDF.
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; List of Tables; List of Figures; Introduction to the Transaction Fiftieth Anniversary Edition; Authorâ#x80;#x99;s Preface to the Twentieth Anniversary Edition; Postscript Twenty Years Later, by Arnold Rose; Foreword, by Frederick P. Keppel; Authorâ#x80;#x99;s Preface to the First Edition; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. The Negro Problem as a Moral Issue; 2. Valuations and Beliefs; 3. A White Manâ#x80;#x99;s Problem; 4. Not an Isolated Problem; 5. Some Further Notes on the Scope and Direction of This Study; 6. A Warning to the Reader PART I. THE APPROACHChapter 1. American Ideals and the American Conscience; 1. Unity of Ideals and Diversity of Culture; 2. American Nationalism; 3. Some Historical Reflections; 4. The Roots of the American Creed in the Philosophy of Enlightenment; 5. The Roots in Christianity; 6. The Roots in English Law; 7. American Conservatism; 8. The American Conception of Law and Order; 9. Natural Law and American Puritanism; 10. The Faltering Judicial Order; 11. Intellectual Defeatism; 12. â#x80;#x9C;Lip-Serviceâ#x80;#x9D;; 13. Value Premises in This Study; Chapter 2. Encountering the Negro Problem 1. On the Minds of the Whites2. To the Negroes Themselves; 3. Explaining the Problem Away; 4. Explorations in Escape; 5. The Etiquette of Discussion; 6. The Convenience of Ignorance; 7. Negro and White Voices; 8. The North and the South; Chapter 3. Facets of the Negro Problem; 1. American Minority Problems; 2. The Anti-Amalgamation Doctrine; 3. The White Manâ#x80;#x99;s Theory of Color Caste; 4. The â#x80;#x9C; Rank Order of Discriminationsâ#x80;#x9D;; 5. Relationships between Lower Class Groups; 6. The Manifoldness and the Unity of the Negro Problem; 7. The Theory of the Vicious Circle; 8. A Theory of Democracy PART II. RACEChapter 4. Racial Beliefs; 1. Biology and Moral Equalitarianism; 2. The Ideological Clash in America; 3. The Ideological Compromise; 4. Reflections in Science; 5. The Position of the Negro Writers; 6. The Racial Beliefs of the Unsophisticated; 7. Beliefs with a Purpose; 8. Specific Rationalization Needs; 9. Rectifying Beliefs; 10. The Study of Beliefs; Chapter 5. Race and Ancestry; 1. The American Definition of â#x80;#x9C;Negroâ#x80;#x9D;; 2. African Ancestry; 3. Changes in Physical Appearance; 4. Early Miscegenation; 5. Ante-Bellum Miscegenation; 6. Miscegenation in Recent Times 7. â#x80;#x9C; Passingâ#x80;#x9D;8. Social and Biological Selection; 9. Present and Future Genetic Composition Trends; Chapter 6. Racial Characteristics; 1. Physical Traits; 2. Biological Susceptibility to Disease; 3. Psychic Traits; 4. Frontiers of Constructive Research; PART III. POPULATION AND MIGRATION; Chapter 7. Population; 1. The Growth of the Negro Population; 2. Births and Deaths; 3. Summary; 4. Ends and Means of Population Policy; 5. Controlling the Death Rate; 6. The Case for Controlling the Negro Birth Rate; 7. Birth Control Facilities for Negroes; Chapter 8. Migration; 1. Overview
Series Title: African-American studies.
Responsibility: Gunnar Myrdal ; with a new introduction by Sissela Bok.

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"In this landmark effort to understand African American people in the New World, Gunnar Myrdal provides deep insight into the contradictions of American democracy as well as a study of a people within a people. The title of the book, 'An American Dilemma', refers to the moral contradiction of a nation torn between allegiance to its highest ideals and awareness of the base realities of racial discrimination. The touchstone of this classic is the jarring discrepancy between the American creed of respect for the inalienable rights to freedom, justice, and opportunity for all and the pervasive violations of the dignity of blacks. The appendices are a gold mine of information, theory, and methodology. Indeed, two of the appendices were issued as a separate work given their importance for systematic theory in social research. The new introduction by Sissela Bok offers a remarkably intimate yet rigorously objective appraisal of Myrdal-a social scientist who wanted to see himself as an analytic intellectual, yet had an unbending desire to bring about change. 'An American Dilemma' is testimonial to the man as well as the ideas he espoused. When it first appeared 'An American Dilemma' was called "the most penetrating and important book on contemporary American civilization" by Robert S. Lynd; "One of the best political commentaries on American life that has ever been written" in The American Political Science Review; and a book with "a novelty and a courage seldom found in American discussions either of our total society or of the part which the Negro plays in it" in 'The American Sociological Review'. It is a foundation work for all those concerned with the history and current status of race relations in the United States."--Provided by publisher.

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