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Past A Dream Deferred: Multicultural schooling and the Politics of Excellence

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S. government were founded on treaties (a Western concept, after all) signed over the course of three centuries — 10 Evelyn Hu-DeHart hundreds of which still remain on the books — they continue to insist on the sovereignty that signing treaties explicitly recognized. 13 During the mid-nineteenth century, America won by force or bought at bargain-basement prices huge chunks of land from Mexico, amounting to half of Mexico's national territory, and incorporated wholesale the vast, settled population of mainly Spanish-speaking mestizos (people of mixed Spanish-Indian heritage).

D. 4 Most ethnic studies scholars probably subscribe to a progressive political agenda. Not all, but many, are "public intellectuals," that is, scholars who apply theory and knowledge to practice and speak out on critical issues facing U. S. society in order to educate a broad general public and also give leadership and a voice to minority communities. Concurrent with the establishment of ethnic studies programs, American society has continued to undergo dramatic changes, for better and for worse.

17. Pam Nadasen, "United We Stand," Women's Review of Books 9, no. 5 (February 1992): 31. 18. See, for example, Manning Marable, The Crisis of Color and Democracy (Monroe, Maine: Common Courage, 1992); Mari Matsuda, "Affirmative Action and Legal Knowledge: Planting Seeds in Plowed-Up Ground," Harvard Women's Law Journal 11 (1988): 1-17; Patricia J. : Harvard University Press, 1991). 19. Nellie McKay, Patricia Hill Collins, Mae Henderson, and June Jordan, "The State of the Art," Women's Review of Books 8, no.

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