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Multiculturalism and Race Relations at the End of the Century

"The time has long passed when people liked to regard the United States as some kind of melting pot, taking men and women from every part of the world and converting them into standardized, homogenized Americans. We are, I think, much more mature and wise today. Just as we welcome a world of diversity, so we glory in an America of diversity-an America all the richer for the many different and distinctive strands of which it is woven."
Hubert H. Humphrey, Vice-President (1965-1969) Speech, Jan. 15, 1967, Chicago, Ill.
"All-America Tribute to Archbishop Iakovos."


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Lesson Plans | Background Resources

Lesson Plans

American Studies Crossroads Project. Dynamic Syllabi
American Studies Association and Georgetown University

Building Bridges: A Peace Corps Classroom Guide to Cross-Cultural Understanding

Ethnicity and Dissent in American Literature and Art
Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute. Curriculum Units by Fellows of the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute, 2000 Volume IV

Background Resources

Crossroads - The New American Studies Web
American Studies Association and Georgetown University

Documenting the American South: Library of Southern Literature
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries

Essays on Teaching the American Literatures
Heath Anthology Newsletter

Post World War II American Literature and Culture Database: Multiculturalism

Race and Ethnic Diversity in the United States
U.S. Department of State, International Information Program

Statistics: Neighborhood Segregation in Single-Race and Multi-Race America: A Census 2000 Study of Cities and Metropolitan Areas

Voice of the Shuttle - Minority Literatures

Commentary / Articles

Full Text - Document Delivery Service for Teachers

Challenge Us; I think We're Ready: Establishing a Multicultural Course of Study. Nancy W. Robinson (English Journal, November 2001, pp. 69-73) Full text

Contemporary U.S. Literature: Multicultural Perspectives (U.S. Society & Values. Electronic Journal of the State Department, February 2000)

Demography, Diversity, and Democracy: The 2000 Census Story. Kenneth Prewitt (Brookings Review, Winter 2002, pp. 6-9)

Diversity in Education. Anne C. Lewis (Education in the United States: The Pre-University Years. U.S. Society & Values. Electronic Journal of the Department of State, June 2000)

Diversity vs. White Privilege. Christine Sleeter (Rethinking Schools Online, Winter 2000/01)


How Race is Lived in America. New York Times. Series of Articles Published in 2000.

A 'New American' Literature. Jennifer Kocis (Multicultural Education, Summer 2002, pp. 33-35) Full text

Postmodern Southern Literature: Confessions of a Norton Anthologist. William L. Andrews (Studies in the Literary Imagination, Spring 2002, pp. 105-112) Full text

The Significance of the "Multi" in "Multiethnic Literatures of the US". Bonnie TuSmith (MELUS, Summer 2001, pp. 5-14) Full text

Updated May 2006

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