Immigration and Race Attitudes


Emory S. Bogardus

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In this report on findings concerning racial attitudes the writer has drawn upon his experiences as a participant in the Pacific Coast Race Relations Survey, the Southwest Mexican Immigrant Survey, and Social Distance Studies (with materials secured from the eastern and southern sections of the United States as well as from the western). Each discussion begins with observable data and classifies and interprets these as found in dynamic human experiences. The interpretations have also been made in the light of a wide range of ethnological and sociological investigations that have been conducted by research people in many lands.

In this study one major theme has been pursued throughout-the theme of race attitudes, which is at the heart of race problems and conflicts. It stimulates investigation that is full of groping. It requires pioneering. The results are tentative; more problems exist at the close of such a study than at the beginning.

The writer is indebted to all those authorities who have contributed in the past to an understanding of social attitudes and values, particularly of racial attitudes and values. He is especially indebted to many persons who have contributed from their racial experiences, but he alone is responsible for any shortcomings in the findings.



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