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Race, Poverty, and Domestic Policy$
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C. Henry

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780300095418

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300095418.001.0001

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The Dynamic Racial Composition of the United States

The Dynamic Racial Composition of the United States

(p.157) 5 The Dynamic Racial Composition of the United States
Race, Poverty, and Domestic Policy

Tukufu Zuberi

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on the dynamic racial composition of the United States. It begins with a critical reexamination of the underlying theoretical orientation of An American Dilemma by Gunnar Myrdal, who writes that the African-American problem is due to lack of assimilation or resistance to amalgamation into white American culture. It then discusses the factors that caused the changes in the racial composition of the United States and the important implications for the future. Finally, the chapter examines the limits of racial assimilation.

Keywords:   racial composition, An American Dilemma, Gunnar Myrdal, assimilation, amalgamation, racial assimilation

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