A Different Mirror

A Different Mirror

by

Ronald Takaki

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A Different Mirror: Part 4, Introduction: The Problem of the Color Lines Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
W.E.B. Du Bois argued that “the problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color line.” This problem came to a head during the Second World War, when the US and other countries fought against the explicitly racist Nazi regime. Americans realized that there was hypocrisy in fighting for freedom and equality abroad while intense racist oppression and segregation continued at home.
As this introduction shows, the Second World War helped to radically reorient people’s opinions on race relations in the US due to the sudden presence of a global, comparative perspective brought by the war.
Themes
Unity vs. Division Theme Icon
Whiteness and the Other Theme Icon
Segregation vs. Assimilation Theme Icon
Citizenship, Identity, and the American Dream Theme Icon