The Public Interest

Individualism before multiculturalism

Glenn C. Loury

Fall 1995

SINCE the Founding, America has struggled to incorporate the descendants of African slaves into an estate of full and equal citizenship. One hundred thirty-two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, this process, though well advanced, remains incomplete, and we must now consider whether, and how, further progress can be made. But we must first decide who “we” are.

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