This reader focuses on the extremely current, important topic of racial and ethnic experiences in the United States today. Most of the essays were commissioned especially for this reader and have been prepared by some of the brightest voices in this cutting edge field. Instructors in search of a current, comprehensive multicultural reader will find this a valuable student resource whether it is the sole focus of their course or to be integrated into another content area.
Part III: African Americans since the 1960s: Gains, Losses, and Contested Social Policies
[Page 189]Over a half century ago, the Swedish economist Gunnar Myrdal oversaw the collection of a massive body of empirical data that was designed to assess in a most comprehensive way the circumstances of African Americans. Out of this project, An American Dilemma was published. This classic in race relations research revealed a wealth of information about the impact of a legacy of centuries of black oppression by whites. It also provided insights into the varied ways that the black community had sought to respond to discrimination and exploitation. The dilemma that defined black/white relations, from Myrdal's point of view, was that the ...