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Click for more detail about An American Dilemma: The Negro Problem and Modern Democracy by Gunnar Myrdal An American Dilemma: The Negro Problem and Modern Democracy

by Gunnar Myrdal
Transaction Publishers (Jan 31, 1996)
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An American Dilemma: The Negro Problem and Modern Democracy (1st Edition, 1944, Harper & Brothers) is a study of race relations authored by Swedish Nobel-laureate economist Gunnar Myrdal and funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York. The foundation chose Myrdal because it thought that as a non-American, he could offer a more unbiased opinion. Myrdal’s volume, at nearly 1,500 pages, painstakingly detailed what he saw as obstacles to full participation in American society that American Negroes faced as of the 1940s. Ralph Bunche served as Gunnar Myrdal’s main researcher and writer at the start of the project in the Fall of 1938.

It sold over 100,000 copies and went through 25 printings before going into its second edition in 1965. It was enormously influential in how racial issues were viewed in the United States, and it was cited in the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case “in general.” The book was generally positive in its outlook on the future of race relations in America, taking the view that democracy would triumph over racism. In many ways it laid the groundwork for future policies of racial integration and affirmative action.

In this landmark effort to understand African American people in the New World, Gunnar Myrdal provides deep insight into the contradictions of American democracy as well as a study of a people within a people. The title of the book, An American Dilemma, refers to the moral contradiction of a nation torn between allegiance to its highest ideals and awareness of the base realities of racial discrimination. The touchstone of this classic is the jarring discrepancy between the American creed of respect for the inalienable rights to freedom, justice, and opportunity for all and the pervasive violations of the dignity of blacks.

The appendices are a gold mine of information, theory, and methodology. Indeed, two of the appendices were issued as a separate work given their importance for systematic theory in social research. The new introduction by Sissela Bok offers a remarkably intimate yet rigorously objective appraisal of Myrdal—a social scientist who wanted to see himself as an analytic intellectual, yet had an unbending desire to bring about change. An American Dilemma is testimonial to the man as well as the ideas he espoused.

When it first appeared An American Dilemma was called “the most penetrating and important book on contemporary American civilization” by Robert S. Lynd; “One of the best political commentaries on American life that has ever been written” in The American Political Science Review; and a book with “a novelty and a courage seldom found in American discussions either of our total society or of the part which the Negro plays in it” in The American Sociological Review. It is a foundation work for all those concerned with the history and current status of race relations in the United States.

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Click for more detail about The Golden Age of the Moor by Ivan Van Sertima The Golden Age of the Moor

by Ivan Van Sertima
Transaction Publishers (Jan 01, 1991)
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This work examines the debt owed by Europe to the Moors for the Renaissance and the significant role played by the African in the Muslim invasions of the Iberian peninsula. While it focuses mainly on Spain and Portugal, it also examines the races and roots of the original North African before the later ethnic mix of the blackamoors and tawny Moors in the medieval period. The study ranges from the Moor in the literature of Cervantes and Shakespeare to his profound influence upon Europe's university system and the diffusion via this system of the ancient and medieval sciences. The Moors are shown to affect not only European mathematics and map-making, agriculture and architecture, but their markets, their music and their machines. The ethnicity of the Moor is re-examined, as is his unique contribution, both as creator and conduit, to the first seminal phase of the industrial revolution.


Click for more detail about Slipping Through The Cracks: The Status Of Black Women by Margaret C. Simms and Julianne M. Malveaux Slipping Through The Cracks: The Status Of Black Women

by Margaret C. Simms and Julianne M. Malveaux
Transaction Publishers (Jan 01, 1986)
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The problems and special needs of black women are still given inadequate attention in social science analysis. Too often black women are subsumed under the category of "blacks" or "women," with little consideration for their unique needs. This volume focuses on black women as a special group. It includes chapters on employment, educational attainment, and job training programs which originated as papers given at a symposium on the economic status of black women, co-sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and The Review of Black Political Economy.


Click for more detail about Egypt Revisited by Ivan Van Sertima Egypt Revisited

by Ivan Van Sertima
Transaction Publishers (Jan 01, 1983)
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This volume represents a new departure in the examination of Egypt's place in the African context. It brings together the latest research on Nile Valley civilizations, what they achieved, and their impact on Africa and the world. The authors take an "Afrocentric" view in contrast to "Eurocentric" perspective in their studies of the birthplace of civilization.This volume includes sections on the race and origin of the ancient Egyptians' black dynasties and rulers, Egyptian science and philosophy, and great Egyptologists.



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