Gunnar Myrdal and Black-White Relations: The Use and Abuse by David W. Southern

By David W. Southern

In 1944, the Swedish economist Gunnar Myrdal released An American challenge, his record on black-white family members within the usa. a wide paintings of a couple of thousand pages, the e-book used to be an immense topic of race for 20 years, supporting to steer govt stories and ultimate complaints. This booklet, by way of David W. Southern, is the tale of the lengthy and afflicted means of the making and of completion of the Myrdal document.

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Myrdal's limited use for some of the ideas of the Chicago School of Sociology, the Columbia School of Anthropology, and the Chapel Hill School frequently put him at odds with some of the major figures of the American social science establishment. For example, when Myrdal came into contact with the combative Louis Wirth of the University of Chicago, their discussions sometimes turned into intellectual dogfights. And when people rebuffed Myrdal, he could be vindictive. " Like Robert Park, Wirth had some views about blacks that grate on the ears of the modern egalitarian.

Elizabeth B. Mason aided me far beyond the normal call of duty while serving as acting director of the Oral History Project at Columbia University. Sara Engelhardt of the Carnegie Corporation assisted me in acquiring the elusive foundation files pertaining to the Myrdal report, a source that was vital for writing the early chapters of this book. Not least, the entire staff of the Westminster College Library deserves loud applause for cheerfully looking after my every request. Liz Hauer and Barbara Ault relentlessly pursued important items through interlibrary loan.

Her patience and understanding during my long preoccupation with this academic exercise have been heroic. She sacrificed countless amenities, including a honeymoon. Page 1 I A Fresh Mind for an Old Problem Gunnar Myrdal originally intended to bury what he called the "short story" of how his famous study came about in the voluminous appendixes of An American Dilemma. The Swedish scholar considered the full story of the Carnegie project an extremely "touchy" matter. "1 Ultimately, he told the short, diplomatic version of the large collaborative effort in a carefully worded preface to the 1944 book.

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