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Gunnar Myrdal and America's conscience : social engineering and racial liberalism, 1938-1987
Jackson, Walter A.
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Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c1990.
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xxi, 447 p. : ports. ; 25 cm.
The Fred W. Morrison series in Southern studies
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The Fred W. Morrison series in Southern studies


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Gunnar Myrdal's An American Dilemma (1944) influenced the attitudes of a generation of Americans on the race issue and established Myrdal as a major critic of American politics and culture. Walter Jackson explores how the Swedish Social Democratic scholar, policymaker, and activist came to shape a consensus on one of America's most explosive public issues.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Introduction: The Race Issue in the 1930sp. 1
1 Finding a Tocquevillep. 10
Frederick Keppel and the Carnegie Corporationp. 11
Newton Baker's Proposalp. 16
Foundations and Black Americansp. 22
"Exceptional Men," Colonial Administrators, and Scandinaviansp. 26
2 Social Engineering and Prophylactic Reformp. 36
The Making of an Intellectual Aristocratp. 40
Marriage to Alva and Apprenticeship to Casselp. 50
First Visit to America, 1929-1930p. 59
Social Democratic Reformp. 68
Sweden's "Population Crisis"p. 75
3 Encountering the "Negro Problem"p. 88
Initial Impressionsp. 89
An Absence of Consensusp. 94
A Royal Commission for the "Negro Problem"p. 106
On the Roadp. 117
Myrdal and Bunchep. 121
4 My War Workp. 135
"The World's Problem in Miniature"p. 137
Contact with Americap. 147
Conflicts of Consciencep. 159
"The Limits of Optimism"p. 164
Democratic Internationalism or American Imperialism?p. 173
Myrdal and the July 20, 1944, Plot to Kill Hitlerp. 181
5 An American Dilemma: The Textp. 186
The American Creed and Institutional Changep. 188
Race, Population, and Migrationp. 198
Economicsp. 204
Politics, Justice, and Social Equalityp. 212
Negro Politics, Culture, and Communityp. 219
Racial Justice in a Global Contextp. 228
6 The Study to End All Studiesp. 231
The Race Issue in 1944p. 232
Acclaim in the National Pressp. 241
Afro-American and White Southern Reactionsp. 245
The Reception in Scholarly Journalsp. 252
The Divided Leftp. 257
The Emerging Orthodoxy and Neglected Alternativesp. 261
7 The Rise and Fall of a Liberal Orthodoxyp. 272
The Growing Legitimacy of Civil Rightsp. 273
Intercultural Education, Prejudice, and Damagep. 279
Racial Liberalism from Brown to the Voting Rights Actp. 293
Liberalism in Crisisp. 302
8 Dreamer, Planner, and Fighterp. 312
An American Dilemma in Perspectivep. 312
The Cold War and McCarthyismp. 320
The Challenge of Third World Povertyp. 332
America's Critic and Friendp. 344
The Dilemma Revisitedp. 352
The Last Yearsp. 359
Legacyp. 368
Notesp. 373
Essay on Sourcesp. 429
Indexp. 435
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