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The American Kaleidoscope
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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-xi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xv-xviii
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  1. PART ONE. THE CIVIC CULTURE AND VOLUNTARY PLURALISM
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. Chapter One "True Americanism": The Foundations of the Civic Culture
  2. pp. 7-34
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  1. Chapter Two "Reinforcements to Republicanism": Irish Catholic Response to the Civic Culture
  2. pp. 35-53
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  1. Chapter Three More Slovenian and More American: How the Hyphen Unites
  2. pp. 54-76
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  1. PART TWO. OUTSIDE THE CIVIC CULTURE: THE COERCIVE PLURALISMS
  2. pp. 77-79
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  1. Chapter Four "Go Back to the Country from Whence You Came": Predatory Pluralism and the Native American Response
  2. pp. 80-86
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  1. Chapter Five "This Fourth of July Is Yours": African-Americans and Caste Pluralism
  2. pp. 87-109
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  1. Chapter Six "I Go Sad and Heavy Hearted": Sojourner Pluralism for Asians and Mexicans
  2. pp. 110-127
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  1. Chapter Seven ''The Road of Hope": Asians and Mexicans Find Cracks in the System
  2. pp. 128-148
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  1. Part Three. THE OUTSIDERS MOVE IN: THE TRIUMPH OF THE CIVIC CULTURE
  2. pp. 149-150
  1. Chapter Eight "Do You Understand Your Own Language?": Black Americans' Attack on Caste
  2. pp. 151-173
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  1. Chapter Nine ''They Never Did Really See Me": The Assertion of Black Ethnic Identity
  2. pp. 174-189
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  1. Chapter Ten ''We Want Full Participation": African-Americans and Coalition Politics
  2. pp. 190-205
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  1. Chapter Eleven ''We Have to Be Part of the Political System": Redefining Tribal Pluralism
  2. pp. 206-224
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  1. Chapter Twelve "America Is in the Heart": Asian Sojourners No Longer
  2. pp. 225-238
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  1. Chapter Thirteen "Can't They See? I Love This Country ... ": Mexican-Americans and the Battle Against Sojourner Pluralism
  2. pp. 239-272
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  1. PART FOUR. THE AMERICAN KALEIDOSCOPE: THE ETHNIC LANDSCAPE, 1970-1989/
  2. pp. 273-274
  1. Chapter Fourteen The Blood of All Nations: The Sources of Ethnicity Become Global
  2. pp. 275-288
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  1. Chapter Fifteen "From the Mountains, to the Prairies, to the Oceans ... ": The Spread of Ethnic Diversity
  2. pp. 289-304
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  1. Chapter Sixteen Tacos and Kimchee: The Quickening Pace of Ethnic Interaction
  2. pp. 305-325
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  1. Chapter Seventeen The Kashaya and the Nyingma: Identities and Boundaries
  2. pp. 326-339
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  1. Chapter Eighteen "The Wish of the Founding Fathers": Third World Immigrants Embrace the Civic Culture
  2. pp. 340-358
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  1. Chapter Nineteen "All These ... Are the Life Blood of America": Celebrating Diversity
  2. pp. 359-371
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  1. Chapter Twenty Xenophobia, Racism, and Bigotry: Conflict in the Kaleidoscope
  2. pp. 372-380
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  1. PART FIVE. PLURALISM, PUBLIC POLICY, AND THE CIVIC CULTURE, 1970-1989
  2. pp. 381-383
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  1. Chapter Twenty-One "Equal and Exact Justice": The Civil Rights Compact
  2. pp. 384-404
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  1. Chapter Twenty-Two ''To Get Beyond Racism": Integrating Education and Housing
  2. pp. 405-424
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  1. Chapter Twenty-Three ''To Get Beyond Racism": Political Access and Economic Opportunity
  2. pp. 425-457
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  1. Chapter Twenty-Four Respecting Diversity, Promoting Unity: The Language Issue
  2. pp. 458-473
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  1. Chapter Twenty-Five Questions of Membership: Who Are the Outsiders?
  2. pp. 474-494
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 495-596
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 597-618
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  1. ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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