History of Bigotry in the United States

History of Bigotry in the United States

History of Bigotry in the United States

History of Bigotry in the United States

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The late Gustavus Myers (1872-1942) devoted his life to the intensive study and analysis of American life. In addition to this volume, his works include The History of the Great American Fortunes, The History of Tammany Hall, and nine other books.

The general outline of The History of Bigotry in the United States was first conceived by Mr. Myers in 1925, but it was not until 1942 that he was able to complete the manuscript. Of all his books, The History of Bigotry in the United States received the most enthusiastic reception; the original edition went through four printings shortly after publication. Tragically, Mr. Myers did not live to see this; he died but three months after delivering the manuscript to the publisher.

My responsibility has been both to amplify and to condense--the former by the addition of three new chapters which cover the years from 1942 to 1960, and thus bring the book up to date; and the latter by the deletion of four early chapters dealing chiefly with European history in a very general sense. My intention throughout has been to adapt this classic work for the contemporary reader.

A word of caution to the reader: this book requires careful reading. Just because an individual is mentioned does not imply that he is adjudged a bigot. There are some persons prominently mentioned who were for a time guilty of poor judgment, but who certainly were not bigots. Henry Ford and Charles A. Lindbergh fall into this category.

Finally, I might say that this book shows the pattern and interrelationship of the various kinds of bigotry in the United States; and that is its only purpose. It is not presented to praise or to discredit any group, any area or any individual. As Gustavus Myers defined his outlook: "In the case of all of . . .

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