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American blacks have made such remarkable progress since the inception of the New Frontier that their current condition is far better than most people realize, according to Scammon and Wattenberg, spokesmen for the “center” of the Democratic party. Replying in Crisis, Assistant Executive Director of the NAACP Dr. John Morsell denies that black progress has been rapid or that conditions in the black community are good. Throughout the debate, both sides are exceedingly conscious of the political implications of their analyses. Scammon and Wattenberg claim their findings of black progress under Kennedy-Johnson are helpful for those trying to defend liberal programs against the attacks of Nixon and Moynihan. They argue, sensibly, that one cannot admit that liberal legislation has failed to bring black progress, and at the same time call for the continuation of such programs.

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Duggan | University of California Press Gardels