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The American Kaleidoscope: Race, Ethnicity, and the Civic Culture [Paperback]

By Lawrence H. Fuchs (Author)
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Pages   645
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.29" Width: 6.11" Height: 1.55"
Weight:   1.93 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 30, 1991
Publisher   Wesleyan
ISBN  0819562505  
EAN  9780819562500  

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Do recent changes in American law and politics mean that our national motto -- e pluribus unum -- is at last becoming a reality? Lawrence H. Fuchs searches for answers to this question by examining the historical patterns of American ethnicity and the ways in which a national political culture has evolved to accommodate ethnic diversity. Fuchs looks first at white European immigrants, showing how most of them and especially their children became part of a unifying political culture. He also describes the ways in which systems of coercive pluralism kept persons of color from fully participating in the civic culture. He documents the dismantling of those systems and the emergence of a more inclusive and stronger civic culture in which voluntary pluralism flourishes.

In comparing past patterns of ethnicity in America with those of today, Fuchs finds reasons for optimism. Diversity itself has become a unifying principle, and Americans now celebrate ethnicity. One encouraging result is the acculturation of recent immigrants from Third World countries. But Fuchs also examines the tough issues of racial and ethnic conflict and the problems of the ethno-underclass, the new outsiders. The American Kaleidoscope ends with a searching analysis of public policies that protect individual rights and enable ethnic diversity to prosper.

Because of his lifelong involvement with issues of race relations and ethnicity, Lawrence H. Fuchs is singularly qualified to write on a grand scale about the interdependence in the United States of the unum and the pluribus. His book helps to clarify some difficult issues that policymakers will surely face in the future, such as those dealing with immigration, language, and affirmative action.

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A fine and very readable scholarly work  Oct 12, 2003
I first encountered the writings of Professor Fuchs in a graduate seminar on Asian American history. I found him to be both highly readable and balanced in his commentary. This book traces the history of racial and ethnic relations in the U.S. from the perspective of immigration and assimilation. It also confronts the concern for acculturation without resorting to polemics or diatribe. Above all, it makes a cogent and convincing argument for revalidating America's unique civic culture at a time when balkanization is leading us astray as a people. If read in conjunction with some of the more recent writings of Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., it will illuminate further. A reasoned counterargument to the excesses of critical race theory and postmodernism.

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