Ethnic Relations in the United States

Ethnic Relations in the United States

Ethnic Relations in the United States

Ethnic Relations in the United States

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This book is designed to present a factual picture of the statuses of selected ethnic groups in the United States in terms of a definite frame of reference. While intensive studies have been made of each of these ethnic groups or minorities, no effort has been made to integrate this information into a definite pattern. It is our opinion that a common frame of reference will reveal many of the same problems for each of the ethnic minorities discussed. Also, it will be observed that a common frame of reference may disclose the comparative position each of these ethnic groups occupies in the status system of the United States. We have selected four aspects of status for analysis: social or interpersonal, educational, legal, and economic. The above selection was made after a careful consideration of the many possible areas of life that might be utilized. Objective data and empirical findings have been relied upon to depict the status of each ethnic minority.

In order to present a better understanding of the ethnic minorities under consideration a number of readings have been included. These readings have been selected to give the reader the "feel" for the problem at hand, and so arranged as to become an organic part of the work. Further, it is our intention to present readings that will reflect the major problem, or problems, confronting each of the ethnic minorities discussed.

The book is organized into three major parts: understanding ethnic relations, analyzing ethnic relations, and improving ethnic relations. In the first part of the book the nature of ethnic groups and some of the major considerations growing out of ethnic relations are examined. Seven ethnic minorities are analyzed in the second part of the book in reference to four aspects or facets of status. The findings of research and programs for improving ethnic relations are presented in part three.

It has been the goal of the authors to present the major ethnic minorities in the United States with fairness and objectivity. In . . .

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