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December 14, 1963

Beyond the Melting Pot. The Negroes, Puerto Ricans, Jews, Italians, and Irish of New York City.

JAMA. 1963;186(11):1027. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03710110079027

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Despite the expectation that ethnic differences would disappear as "true Americans" emerged from the melting pot, many racial and national groups have maintained their identity, and consequently face different problems. Glazer, a sociologist of Jewish family, and Moynihan, a political scientist of Irish background, have reviewed the history of five such ethnic groups in New York, and studied their present status. The authors have synthesized material from the literature with personal observations and have not hesitated to express their own opinions.

This book, although sociological rather than medical, should interest most physicians, since it will help them understand the problems many of their patients face. The strong family loyalty of Italians may lead to lack of ambition for education and personal advancement, or may be a basis for mental conflict in the individuals who seek independence. The success of Jews in many areas, with their exclusion from high-level positions in

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