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Open-Access Thesis

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Master of Education (MEd)


This study has to do with the causes of racial friction as represented in the Detroit, Beaumont and Harlem outbreaks occurring in 1943. It will be pointed out that the incidental causes of such riots are symptoms leading to the exploratory job of finding the disease of "scapegoatism”. A survey of literature on the problem will bring about some understanding of the importance of racial prejudices and their relation to an international understanding. The opinions of experts in such fields as anthropology, economics, sociology, and psychology will be analyzed in an effort to determine how such friction may be eliminated in order to preserve American Democracy. Conclusions will be drawn from such sources in an attempt to prevent further infringement upon the rights of "all the people” by means of recognizing the symptoms resulting in friction.