MODERN AMERICA: 1957 to the Present by William Loren Katz

MODERN AMERICA: 1957 to the Present

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We're still waiting for a thorough, incisive analysis but Katz makes a more limited contribution with this generally optimistic, pro-activist view of expanding minority-group consciousness. In a middle-length essay--with fewer specifics than previous entries in this series--Katz traces the shock waves that emanated from Civil Rights demonstrations and black power assertions--the feminist outrage of movement women relegated to the kitchens and mimeograph machines, chicano and native American militancy, growing self-awareness among white ethnics. There are solid statistics here on continuing discrimination and the overall conclusion--that violent tactics failed to win mass support but that the rhetoric had a good effect in the long run--is solid. Yet Katz prefers to indulge in rhetoric of his own rather than begin a close examination of the frictions among minorities or examine the more complex aspects of an issue like busing.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1975
Page count: 96pp
Publisher: Franklin Watts