Written by a professor emeritus of sociology at New York University, this book completely deconstructs liberal arguments against the existence of race and its importance in creating and maintaining society, set against the backdrop of the development of the United States of America.
It is not an explanation of racial differences, but rather a coherent and highly effective refutation of the most common arguments denying the existence of race, which, the author points out, is the single greatest mistake being made by post-World War II society.
The book also discusses the important differences between race and nationality, pointing out that nationality is indeed a social construct, created by defined groups of people according to their immediate communal history—but that race is real and has biological roots.
The author, writing in the immediate aftermath of the cataclysm of the 1939–1945 war, does not advocate anything other than solving America’s “Negro question”—through some sort of vague voluntary self-segregation, and warns that at that early stage, any further mass nonwhite immigration would break the “American experiment” forever.
Professor Henry Pratt Fairchild (1880-1956) was one of the early leaders of the immigration restriction and conservation movements and served as the first president of the Population Association of America.
This is a new completely reset edition which contains the full original text.
Chapter 1: The Bogey, or We, Us & Company
Chapter 2: What Nature Makes Us
Chapter 3: What We Make Ourselves
Chapter 4: Race and Nationality
Chapter 5: The Enigma of Race Quality
Chapter 6: The Race Controversy
Chapter 7: Anti-Racism
Chapter 8: The Desirable and the Possible
Chapter 9: The Jews
Chapter 10: The Negroes
Chapter 11: Betrayed in the House of Their Friends
Chapter 12: What to Do
Chapter 13: The Indispensable Nation