An american dilemma the negro problem and modern democracy is a 1944 study of race relations authored by swedish nobel laureate economist gunnar myrdal and funded by carnegie corporation of new york the foundation chose myrdal because it thought that as a non american he could offer a more unbiased opinion . An american dilemma the negro problem and modern democracy black african american studies gunnar myrdal sissela bok on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers in this landmark effort to understand african american people in the new world gunnar myrdal provides deep insight into the contradictions of american democracy as well as a study of a people within a people. Start by marking an american dilemma the negro problem and modern democracy vol 1 as want to read. The american dilemma with regard to race is posed as the question of how the nation can square its lofty ideals with the base realities of racial discrimination this study originally commissioned by the carnegie corporation in 1938 makes it clear that the struggle goes on in the hearts of all americans the root of the negro problem is the conflict between american moral valuations
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