The Disuniting of America: Reflections on a Multicultural Society Arthur M.
Reflections on a Multicultural Society. Schlesinger wishes to perpetuate by offering this volume. Citing the 18th century view of French immigrant J. John de Crevecoeur of America as a melting pot, he frets that the "new gospel [of multiculturalism] condemns Crevecoeur's vision of individuals of all nations melted into a new race in favor of an opposite notion: Schlesinger admits that Crevecoeur's view was addressed essentially to European assimilation under an Anglocentric hegemony, better known as the "Anglo conformity doctrine.
Even then, blacks were a group apart. On the other hand, he errs badly by supporting the eminent Swedish sociologist Gunnar Myrdal, who suggested that the craving of both black and white American groups for historical identity was a phenomenon of "upper-class intellectuals" who were generally "self-appointed" spokesmen.
How, then, does one account for the expansive movement of Marcus Garvey in the s for black pride and African redemption, which swept the imagination of not only black Americans, but blacks in virtually every corner of the globe? Schlesinger also points out that mainline historians excluded African contributions to American civilization, but cautions that one of the foibles of ethnic history resides in the idea that cultural nationalism often has led to historical revisionism, citing incidents when German and Soviet intellectuals used history in their political struggles.
Nevertheless, this does not seem to be the predisposition of ethnic historians alone -- witness the current attempt by politicians to create the myth that America "won" the Cold War, rather than that the Soviet empire simply collapsed of its own contradictions. In any case, his point about the cultural use of history illustrates that there is a struggle over definitions involving African-American history that is the context for his powerful attack upon the current group of Afrocentric historians.
John Henrik Clarke, Dr. Josef Ben Joachanan and others. These academics have long professed the necessity for the "rescue and reconstruction" of black history and have criticized establishment historians not only for excluding Africans from Western history, but for being complicit in the debasement of African civilization and the continued devaluation of the black mind.
Schlesinger takes us through a number of permutations that reveal his solid agreement with other black and white opponents of Afrocentric scholarship, and the motivation for his dissent from the New York State History Curriculum Committee's recommendations adopting Afrocentric education.
Yet his analysis of similar curriculum revisions in other states implies what I believe to be a number of false assumptions: These implications actually reflect a defensive posture. The fact is that the historians, politicians and bureaucrats who have controlled the nation's education curriculum are being threatened by the rapid growth of the grass-roots Afrocentric movement under way in cities such as New York, Milwaukee, Detroit, Los Angeles, Washington, Baltimore and others.
Ordinary blacks are making the linkage between their own legitimacy as human beings with a history, the right of their culture to be studied within the education institutions for which they also pay taxes, and the impact of a positive self-image upon their social progress.(Publisher Provided) Arthur Meier Schlesinger, Jr., - U.S.
historian Arthur Schlesinger was born in Columbus, Ohio in and was educated at Harvard University. Schlesinger was an associate professor of history at Harvard from and professor from The Disuniting of America, a National Bestseller This revised and enlarged edition of the best-selling book that stirred so much thought and controversy on its first publication is a scintillating update on the culture wars.
Schlesinger praises the healthy impact of the multicultural challenge on a nation so long shamed by prejudice and bigotry. ARTHUR M. SCHLESINGER, JR., the author of sixteen books, was a renowned historian and social critic.
He twice won the Pulitzer Prize, in for The Age of Jackson and in for A Thousand Days. Claude Goldenberg is the Nomellini & Olivier Professor of Education at Stanford University. Previously, at California State University, Long Beach, he was a professor of teacher education, an associate dean of the College of Education, and the executive director of .
Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., early s Arthur Meier Schlesinger, Jr. (October 15 – April 28 ) was an American historian and social critic whose work has explored the liberalism of American political leaders including Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F.
Kennedy, and Robert Kennedy, as well as the men who surrounded Andrew Jackson. In THE DISUNITING OF AMERICA, Arthur Schlesinger notes that no definitive answer will be forthcoming anytime soon.
Schlesinger's position is conservative, an odd position for him considering his early youthful fling with liberalism under alphabetnyc.coms: