ISBN-10:
0819562505
ISBN-13:
9780819562500
Pub. Date:
06/01/1991
Publisher:
Wesleyan University Press
The American Kaleidoscope / Edition 1

The American Kaleidoscope / Edition 1

by Lawrence H. Fuchs

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780819562500
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Publication date: 06/01/1991
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 646
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.42(d)

About the Author

Lawrence H. Fuchs, Meyer and Walter Jaffe Professor of American Civilization and Politics at Brandeis University, is Vice-Chair of the United States Commission on Immigration Reform. He was appointed by President Carter and the Congress as Executive Director of the Select Commission on Immigration and Refugee Policy. The Commission's 1981 report became the basis for the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the first major reform of U.S. immigration policy since 1965. Fuchs frequently has testified before the House and Senate on immigration and refugee policy. He is the author of Family Matters (1973), American Ethnic Politics (1968), Those Peculiar Americans: The Peace Corps and American National Character (1968), John F. Kennedy and American Catholicism (1967), Hawaii Pono (1961), and The Political Behavior of American Jews (1955). He is also the originator and principal scholar of two texts, Black in White America (1974) and The American Experiment (1981).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
One: The Civic Culture and Voluntary Pluralism
Two: Outside the Civic Culture: The Coercive Pluralisms
Three: The Outsiders Move in: The Triumph of the Civic Culture
Four: The American Kaleidoscope: The Ethnic Landscape, 1970-1989
Five: Pluralism, Public Policy , and the Civic Culture, 1970-1989
Notes
Index

What People are Saying About This

Arthur M. Schlesinger

“This fine and moving book combines a masterful account of America’s evolution into a multicultural society with an incisive analysis of the capacity of our ‘civic culture’ to preserve unum in the midst of pluribus. It is a rare work of scholarship and public responsibility, filled with wisdom and hope.”

From the Publisher

"Larry Fuchs is one remarkable citizen-scholar. He dares to ask and answer vexing and controversial questions about immigration, affirmative action, and language policy. What is this 'civic culture' that binds us as a single nation? Can it hold as we grow ever more diverse? Fuchs' vast treasure of historical knowledge and his mastery of the topic makes this books most important and provocative reading for any person interested in the unique qualities of the American experiment."—Alan Simpson, U.S. Senator

"This fine and moving book combines a masterful account of America's evolution into a multicultural society with an incisive analysis of the capacity of our 'civic culture' to preserve unum in the midst of pluribus. It is a rare work of scholarship and public responsibility, filled with wisdom and hope."—Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

"The American Kaleidoscope is to the contemporary American ethnic landscape what Gunnar Myrdal's seminal work An American Dilemma was to racism — a profoundly illuminating and important analysis of a significant component of late twentieth-century America. Larry Fuchs' great contribution is to show how each of the ethnic and racial groups that make up our country constitutes its own very special strand in the great national tapestry of American life, enriching and energizing us and, paradoxically, transforming diversity into a source of unity. Learned, yet written with verve and flair, Fuchs' study — quite simply — replaces everything that preceded it."—Stephen J. Solarz, U.S. Congressman

"A blockbuster, a comprehensive and compelling examination of the meaning of ethnicity in American history and society."—Peter I. Rose, Smith College

Stephen J. Solarz

“The American Kaleidoscope is to the contemporary American ethnic landscape what Gunnar Myrdal's seminal work An American Dilemma was to racism — a profoundly illuminating and important analysis of a significant component of late twentieth-century America. Larry Fuchs' great contribution is to show how each of the ethnic and racial groups that make up our country constitutes its own very special strand in the great national tapestry of American life, enriching and energizing us and, paradoxically, transforming diversity into a source of unity. Learned, yet written with verve and flair, Fuchs' study — quite simply — replaces everything that preceded it.”

Peter I. Rose

"A blockbuster, a comprehensive and compelling examination of the meaning of ethnicity in American history and society."

Alan Simpson

“Larry Fuchs is one remarkable citizen-scholar. He dares to ask and answer vexing and controversial questions about immigration, affirmative action, and language policy. What is this ‘civic culture’ that binds us as a single nation? Can it hold as we grow ever more diverse? Fuchs’ vast treasure of historical knowledge and his mastery of the topic makes this books most important and provocative reading for any person interested in the unique qualities of the American experiment.”

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