From Power to Prejudice : The Rise of Racial Individualism in Midcentury America / Leah N. Gordon.
- Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 
1 online resource (288 pages) : 8 halftones
- Prejudices -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Race discrimination -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
- In English.
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- Americans believe strongly in the socially transformative power of education, and the idea that we can challenge racial injustice by reducing white prejudice has long been a core component of this faith. How did we get here? In this first-rate intellectual history, Leah N. Gordon jumps into this and other big questions about race, power, and social justice. To answer these questions, From Power to Prejudice examines American academia-both black and white-in the 1940s and '50s. Gordon presents four competing visions of "the race problem" and documents how an individualistic paradigm, which presented white attitudes as the source of racial injustice, gained traction. A number of factors, Gordon shows, explain racial individualism's postwar influence: individuals were easier to measure than social forces; psychology was well funded; studying political economy was difficult amid McCarthyism; and individualism was useful in legal attacks on segregation. Highlighting vigorous midcentury debate over the meanings of racial justice and equality, From Power to Prejudice reveals how one particular vision of social justice won out among many contenders.
ONE. Attitudes, Structures, and "Levers of Change": The Social Science of Prejudice and Race Relations
TWO. "Data and Not Trouble": The Rockefeller Foundation and the Social Science of Race Relations
THREE. The Individual and the "General Situation": Defining the Race Problem at the University of Chicago's Committee on Education, Training, and Research in Race Relations
FOUR. The Mature Individual or the Mature Society: Social Theory, Social Action, and the Race Problem at Fisk University's Race Relations Institutes
FIVE. "Education for Racial Understanding" and the Meanings of Integration in Howard University's Journal of Negro Education
SIX. "To Inoculate Americans against the Virus of Hate": Brotherhood, the War on Intolerance, and the National Conference of Christians and Jews
- Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 22. Okt 2019)
- De Gruyter.
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- De Gruyter University Press Library.
- Publisher Number:
- 10.7208/9780226238586 doi
- Access Restriction:
- Restricted for use by site license.
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