Legacy of Hate: A Short History of Ethnic, Religious, and Racial Prejudice in America

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M.E. Sharpe, 1999 - 325 páginas
"Though America had been rightfully portrayed as born of democratic principles, to no less an extent was it born of undemocratic ones. America is thus a living contradiction of many dimensions -- historical, sociological, and psychological -- that have manifested themselves at every level of society -- individual, communal, and natural".

So writes Philip Perlmutter, whose Legacy of Hate explores this "living contradiction" by tracing the development of American minority group relations, beginning with the arrival of white Europeans and moving through the eighteenth and industrially expanding nineteenth centuries; the explosion of immigration and its attendant problems in the twentieth century; and a final chapter exploring how prejudice (racial, religious, and ethnic) has been institutionalized in the educational systems and laws.

Throughout this provocative book, Perlmutter focuses on where and why various groups encountered prejudice and discrimination and how their experiences have shaped the society we live in and how we think about one another.

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The Seeds of Contempt
3
The Weeds of Contempt
58
Proliferation of People and Problems
115
The Expansion of Democratic Pluralism
179
The Teaching of Contempt
213
The Future of Minority Progress
258
Notes
269
Index
315
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