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'American Denial' on PBS' 'Independent Lens'
'American Denial' on PBS' 'Independent Lens'

Premiering Monday as part of the PBS documentary series "Independent Lens," Llewellyn Smith's "American Denial" takes a social-scientific look at the cognitive dissonance that is American race relations. It's built around and upon "An American Dilemma," a Carnegie Foundation-funded study by Swedish sociologist Gunnar Myrdal; begun in 1938 and published in 1944, it looked at what was then tellingly called "the Negro problem" and the stubborn space between the "American creed" of liberty and justice for all and its "habits of racial domination." Traveling into the Deep South, Myrdal began by approaching white citizens...

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