The Disuniting of America

The Disuniting of America

Reflections on A Multicultural Society

Book - 1998
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WW Norton

The bestseller that reminded us what it means to be an American is more timely than ever in this updated and enlarged edition, including "Schlesinger's Syllabus," an annotated reading list of core books on the American experience.

The classic image of the American nation — a melting pot in which differences of race, wealth, religion, and nationality are submerged in democracy — is being replaced by an orthodoxy that celebrates difference and abandons assimilation. While this upsurge in ethnic awareness has had many healthy consequences in a nation shamed by a history of prejudice, the cult of ethnicity, if pressed too far, threatens to fragment American society to a dangerous degree. Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner in history and adviser to the Kennedy and other administrations, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., is uniquely positioned to wave the caution flag in the race to a politics of identity. Using a broader canvas in this updated and expanded edition, he examines the international dimension and the lessons of one polyglot country after another tearing itself apart or on the brink of doing so: among them the former Yugoslavia, Nigeria, even Canada. Closer to home, he finds troubling new evidence that multiculturalism gone awry here in the United States threatens to do the same. "One of the most devastating and articulate attacks on multiculturalism yet to appear."—Wall Street Journal "A brilliant book . . . we owe Arthur Schlesinger a great debt of gratitude."—C. Vann Woodward,New Republic

Baker & Taylor
Examines the growing cult of ethnicity in the United States and discusses how it undermines a common American identity and results in ethnic and racial animosity

Baker
& Taylor

In an expanded version of his best-selling essay, the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning historian offers a critique of multiculturalism, arguing that the rise of ethnic awareness threatens to overturn America's celebrated melting pot.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, 1998.
Edition: Rev. and enlarged ed.
ISBN: 9780393045802
0393045803
Branch Call Number: 973 SCH
Characteristics: 208 p. ; 22 cm.

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