Carnegie Corporation's An American Dilemma and the Making of a White World Order
By Maribel Morey
328 pp., 6.125 x 9.25
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-6474-3
Published: November 2021
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-6473-6
Published: November 2021
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-6475-0
Published: October 2021
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Morey details the complex global origins of An American Dilemma, illustrating its links to Carnegie Corporation’s funding of social science research meant to help white policymakers in the Anglo-American world address perceived problems in their governance of Black people. Morey also unpacks the text itself, arguing that Myrdal ultimately complemented his funder’s intentions for the project by keeping white Americans as his principal audience and guiding them towards a national policy program on Black Americans that would keep intact white domination. Because for Myrdal and Carnegie Corporation alike, international order rested on white Anglo-Americans’ continued ability to dominate effectively.
About the Author
Maribel Morey is founding executive director of the Miami Institute for the Social Sciences.
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“Ground-breaking. . . . A major, original contribution to an understanding of the racialised basis of elite US institutions, networked into the American establishment; their huge impact on US life especially in this case on ‘race relations’ and understanding of racial power structures. . . . While there is no doubt that Morey’s study is at heart a work of brilliant historical scholarship, it screams with relevance to current discussions of race and inequality, and White supremacy.”—The Wire
“Well-researched. . . . Carnegie, its president Keppel, and Myrdal framed An American Dilemma. Morey’s White Philanthropy presents much evidence and an argument that they and the project were, well, white supremacist.”—Law & Liberty
“White Philanthropy is a vivid and thorough account of how a wealthy and powerful philanthropic organisation initiated, and eventually completed, a project to establish how white governance could improve the status of Black people. Morey’s work draws close attention to the capacity of elite philanthropy to disseminate and uphold ideologies. More importantly, it carefully explains the tools and mechanisms that make this, and a white world order, viable.”—LSE Review of Books
“No work of intellectual history has offered more to think about when reconsidering An American Dilemma than Maribel Morey’s White Philanthropy. . . . [A]n engaging work of institutional history of the Carnegie Corporation, and a trenchant analysis of the intellectual history of race in the twentieth century.”—Society for U.S. Intellectual History
"White Philanthropy sets a new standard for critical philanthropy studies, exposing the historical underpinnings of how extreme wealth has perpetuated racial subordination in the United States and Africa. Morey’s finely textured analysis of Andrew Carnegie, one of the most influential philanthropists in U.S. history, presents a bold, compelling, and provocative interpretation of how his foundation, the Carnegie Corporation, funded second-class education and social science research to effectively manage Black populations around the globe."--Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Harvard University
"Offering spectacular reach and an audacious commitment to archival methods, Morey's work is listening to African and Black political thought on the question of colonialism and segregation while also humanizing the white actors who desperately needed to believe that their unique constitutional, bureaucratic, and social scientific interventions were leaving the ideologies of slavery and racial colonialism behind. Thoughtful and wise, this book asks us to take a serious look at what the 'American Dilemma' actually is and understand it within a global context."--Tiffany Willoughby-Herard, University of California, Irvine