Part of a series for high school and undergraduate students on key events and figures in American multiculturalism
, this volume on Sequoyah, who developed the written form of the Cherokee language, examines the creation of the written language and explores the cultural, social, and political ramifications of its introduction both internally within the Native American nation, and in its perceptions by, and dealings with, white Americans.
Gunn's subsequent chapter on globalism explores current American multiculturalism
as a reductive stance formulated by a liberal democracy, which he believes limits any reconception of pragmatism.
They clearly express a kind of American multiculturalism
, each ensuring through rituals and education that its particular group will know and value what it means, within American society, to be, for example, Jewish, Sephardic Jewish, and Moroccan Sephardic Jewish; to be Muslim and Indo-Pakistani Muslim; to be Catholic, Hispanic, and Mexican Catholic; and so on.
But that is precisely what much of the "American multiculturalism
" they denounce is already doing -- so one wonders again why multiculturalism is being reduced to a new mode of American imperial reason and globalized nationalism.
The final chapters focus on uniquely modern and postmodern forms of toleration, concluding with his discussion of American multiculturalism
, perhaps the most interesting and illuminating section of the work.