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Fifty Years After Myrdal: Blacks' Racial Policy Attitudes in the 1990s


Half a century has passed since the publication of Gunnar Myrdal's monumental two-volume work, An American Dilemma: The Negro Problem and Modem Democracy (I 944). Myrdal painted an agonizing portrait of the pervasiveness of racially prejudiced attitudes and discriminatory practices in American life, but perhaps his most important contribution lay not in the descriptive detail he amassed concerning these conditions (Babo, 1993), but in the compelling new interpretive context he provided for understanding racial prejudice and discrimination.