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The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America - Part 5, Chapter 14 Pluralisms, Section 2 Summary & Analysis

Louis Menand
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Part 5, Chapter 14 Pluralisms, Section 2 Summary

In 1908, Anthony Bentley published the book The Process of Government. However, the book was fairly obscure because Bentley had no university affiliation. He had only worked at university for one year. However, his book was based on the theories of James and Dewey. He used it to explain how groups redefine themselves and their interests constantly. Bentley's book allowed American society to gain knowledge about the influx of immigrants to the United States. Bentley and Dewey eventually wrote a book together in 1949, called "Knowing the Known."

Social Darwinism began to show up in many societies in the United States in the early 20th Century. The belief in the superiority of the white race was prevalent. Many believed in social Darwinism and therefore believed that inferior races could benefit from the white race, while others believed the other...

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