Culture and Democracy in the United States

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Boni and Liveright, 1924 - History - 347 pages
This is a recognized classic in the psychology of the American peoples. It brings together a series of reflections upon the nature of culture and of democracy, upon their bearing to one another in the United States, and upon their underlying dynamics in the social and spiritual endeavors of the many peoples striving toward life, liberty, and happiness amid the varied settings of the American scene. Kallen argues that various decisions made throughout the history of the United States have been determined by prejudice. In his new introduction, Stephen Whitfield delves deeply into Kallen's background, discussing the influences on his life and work. This volume will be a necessary addition to the personal libraries of sociologists, political theorists, philosophers, and ethnic studies scholars.

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User Review  - JosÚ-antonio Orosco - Goodreads

Kallen is a much underrated philosopher but he was a student of Josiah Royce and William James at Harvard. He was friends with Alain Locke and is usually credited with coming up with the idea of "cultural pluralism", the forerunner of our modern idea of multiculturalism. Read full review

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