John R. Howard is Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, Purchase College, the State University of New York, and the author of The Shifting Wind: The Supreme Court and Civil Rights from Reconstruction to Brown, also published by SUNY Press.
In his new and thoughtful inÂtroductory essay to this second edition John Howard provides a historical context for the articles appearing in this volume. The isÂsues of the 1980s are different from those of the 1960s, and for these articles to be fully underÂstood they have to be placed against the broad unfolding of race issues, problems, and dilemÂmas in American history. The reÂcent economic situation has proÂduced an analytic framework less hospitable to public investment in meliorative programs for minority groups. The presence of large numbers of new immigrants-- Koreans, Philippines, and IndiÂans--interested in entrepreneurialindependence is contrasted with the problems of the older minority groups.