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Study Guide An American Dilemma (1944) Gunnar Myrdal 1.Myrdal argues that there is an “American Creed” that” is the cement in the structure of this great and disparate nation.” Do you agree with him on its role in American life? Why or why not? 2. How would you square Myrdal’s statement about the American Creed with the Supreme Court opinions like The People vs. Hall and Dred Scott v. Sanford or with the readings by Sumner and Wells? 3.Myrdal sees the situation of black Americans as an example of the American Creed not being “lived up to.” How would Tocqueville respond? 4.What according to Myrdal, is the conflict between liberty and equality? Do you agree with him? Why or why not? Which, to you, is more important? 5.What, according to Myrdal, is the relationship between the American
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Unformatted text preview: Creed, conservatism, and the Constitution? 6.Myrdal claims that the “others” of American SSSS ”the Negroes, the new immigrants, the Jews, and other disadvantaged and unpopular groups SSSS could not possibly have invented a system of political ideals which better corresponded to their interests” that the American Creed. Do you agree? Why or why not? 7.According to Myrdal, how does the concept of “natural law” make Americans less respectful of law and order? Can you give an example? 8.Myrdal argues that the notion that law cannot change custom is a fallacy. Do you agree? Why or why not? How would Tocqueville respond? 9. Compare and contrast Myrdal’s understand of racial inequality with that of DuBois. Whose view do you find more persuasive? Why?...
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