These Our People: Minorities in American Culture

These Our People: Minorities in American Culture

These Our People: Minorities in American Culture

These Our People: Minorities in American Culture

Excerpt

This is a minimal text in the sense that it makes no attempt to give a comprehensive picture of minority groups in the United States. Through many years of teaching in the field I have arrived at the conclusion that students approaching the subject for the first time need an analysis which will answer their elementary questions without a mass of detail that too often confuses them. Oscar Wilde's remark is still true, "He who tries to exhaust his subject, usually ends by exhausting his hearers."

Furthermore I am optimistic enough to entertain the hope that if the issues are treated with a minimum of technical jargon, my readers will not be limited to college students, but that businessmen, labor leaders, farmers, clergymen, civic officers, and journalists may find it a useful guide. The volume presupposes little in the way of previous sociological training and defines most abstract terms as they arise. Each chapter begins with one or more examples from actual life that introduce the reader informally to the subject discussed.

It has been necessary to run the risk of making each group unique by giving it a special chapter or section. This is not because the uniformities of their life experience are unimportant (they receive a good deal of attention in Chapter 18) but simply because the beginner in the field approaches the subject most naturally through his previous acquaintance with one or more of the minority groups dealt with in these pages. Pedagogically this is where the reader begins. And this introduction attempts to follow the line of his spontaneous interest.

I have tried to give enough of the social and cultural background of the various minorities so that adjustment problems can be understood in terms of unique historical experiences shared by the mem-

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.