America Divided: Minority Group Relations in the United States

America Divided: Minority Group Relations in the United States

America Divided: Minority Group Relations in the United States

America Divided: Minority Group Relations in the United States

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Suddenly, and with great force, minority group relations have become a matter of concern to many Americans. On the one hand, we have been becoming rationally aware that our relations with other nations hinge partly on our relations among ourselves within the United States. On the other hand, we have been doing some fundamental inquiring into the nature of the American democratic heritage to which we have been giving little more than lip service for some time.

While the public interest is largely new, the subject is not. Universities have been offering courses in "Race Relations" -- as the subject has been commonly misnamed -- for many decades. There has been no lack of scientific study and scholarly writing in the field. In fact, the subject can boast one of the lengthiest bibliographies that exist in the social sciences. Yet there is no single volume that attempts to pull this varied material together in such a way as to make it comprehensible to the average reader or undergraduate student. At least there has been no such volume since the publication in 1932 of Donald Young American Minority Peoples.

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