The Middle-Class Negro in the White Man's World

The Middle-Class Negro in the White Man's World

The Middle-Class Negro in the White Man's World

The Middle-Class Negro in the White Man's World

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In May, 1964, the Field Foundation made a grant to the Conservation of Human Resources Project, Columbia University, to enable it to undertake an exploratory investigation into the career plans of middle-class Negro youth. The Office of Manpower Planning, Evaluation, and Research (OMPER) of the U.S. Department of Labor also contributed to the financing.

The Conservation Project developed an exploratory rather than an experimental design which sought to make two probes--one in Atlanta, the other in New York City--into the career plans of middle-class Negro males currently attending college or college-bound.

We used a case study approach in the hope of developing clues, insights, and new perceptions about how such young Negro men see their broadening opportunities and how they respond to them. Only after such an exploration had been completed could a broad-scale study be designed that would be representative of middle-class Negro youth and would, at the same time, provide a basis for comparisons with white youth. This remains on our research agenda.

This book is devoted to findings from case studies. In . . .

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