American Dilemma

A young (45), blue-eyed Swede named Gunnar Myrdal landed in the U.S. in 1938 to make a fresh, thorough and impartial study of American Negroes. After five years of research, assisted by a staff of some 75 Carnegie Corporation-financed helpers, Sweden's Myrdal found that his whole ambitious project hinged on one simple question: "What goes on in the minds of white Americans?" Last week he published his complex, 1,483-page answer, called it An American Dilemma: the Negro Problem and Modern Democracy (Harper; 2 vols.; $7.50).

Economist-Senator Myrdal was chosen by Carnegie's trustees...

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