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Orlando Patteron is a sociologist and author. His book, The Ordeal of Integration: Progress and Resentment in America's "Racial" Crisis, is part of the Upton Bell Collection at UMass Lowell Libraries in O'Leary Library, 2nd Floor Special Collections and includes a personal inscription.
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The Ordeal of Integration by
Call Number: E 185.615 .P35 1997
Publication Date: 1997-01-01
For many years Orlando Patterson has been a major contributor to the public discussion of race in America. Now the author of the National Book Award winning Freedom in the Making of Western Culture presents a comprehensive exploration of contemporary interethnic relations. Unflinching in his analysis, Patterson chides professional race advocates, the mainstream media, and his fellow academics for homogenizing the 33 million Americans of African ancestry into a single group beset by crises and intractable dilemmas. His willingness to challenge the received wisdom of conservatives, liberals, and genetic determinists alike affords us the opportunity to critically examine our own preconceived notions and prejudices. Standing as a challenge to those who insist on dwelling on the failures of race relations, The Ordeal of Integration admonishes Americans to stop exaggerating the intractability of persistent ethnic problems and start focusing on what works.