Forging an American Pluralism: The Mexican Revolution and American Civil Rights
Ruben Flores

About the research


NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship

Award Year



University of Kansas

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This project analyzes the history of cultural diversity and civil rights in mid-20th century American society by tracing the intellectual path of American social scientists for whom postrevolutionary Mexico became the premier example of national integration in the Western Hemisphere. Using evidence from the United States and Mexico, it examines the reasons why the education experiments of the postrevolutionary Mexican state became institutional models in the 1930s and 1940s for American social scientists committed to eradicating segregation in the public schools of the American West and reconciling American racial diversity into a unified national culture. My project adds to a growing literature on U.S. civil rights that emphasizes events before 1954 and around the world as influences on the development of political opposition to American segregation. It also shows the ways in which American policy debates about the “melting pot” cannot be understood apart from national integration projects in Latin America. Last, it examines the influence on American politics of alternative models of the role of government in lessening social conflict in the years before the American state began to play an increased role as a mediator of ethnic tension in American society.
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