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From Power to Prejudice: The Rise of Racial Individualism in Midcentury America

Leah N. Gordon


Although social structural, political economic, psychological, and legal conceptions of racism competed from the 1920s through the mid 1940s, individualistic theories of the race issue proved especially influential in postwar America. This book asks how and why racial individualism—which presented prejudice and discrimination as the root cause of racial conflict, centered individuals in the study of race relations, and suggested that one could secure racial justice by changing white minds and protecting African American rights—gained traction in the two decades following Gunnar Myrdal’s An Ame ... More

Keywords: racism, civil rights, racial liberalism, individualism, scientism, behavioralism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780226238449
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226238586.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leah N. Gordon, author