1945. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1945.
8vo, 340 pp. Publisher's cloth, pictorial dust jacket. Very good copy in a good only dust jacket with tape repairs.
§ First edition. "A text-and-picture study" commissioned by Look magazine, "of eight of the most colorful minorities which together make the majority of our people" (jacket). A celebration of multiculturalism and an unflinching account of the racism faced by Chinese, Japanese, and Filipino Americans, Mexicans, Hispanos of New Mexico, Native Americans, Black people, Jews, and ethnic Catholics — researched and written at a time when the country was supposedly united against bigotry in the face of the enemy during World War II.
“We are not dealing with isolated and local situations, or even primarily with a national situation,” Stegner writes in his intro. “Things we have permitted have a clear relationship with Nazi practices; the difference is only a difference in degree.”. Item #125289