The American self and the long march to legal equality

Norbert Wiley

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Legally, women, Native Americans, and African-Americans were defined by the American Constitution as inferior. The pragmatists gradually showed that all selves are equal. These ideas helped the minorities to attain nearly full legal status. But economic status is going in the other direction, toward inequality. It threatens to overcome the hard-won legal equality and make it meaningless.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)127-133
Number of pages7
JournalAnnals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Issue number1
StatePublished - Oct 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Declaration of Independence
  • Gettysburg Address
  • Self
  • United States Constitution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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