The two decades that followed World War II saw the black struggle for civil rights shift attention away from pluralism among white Americans and into the political, social, and economic inequality between whites and blacks. In the late 1960s and 1970s, the historic significance of ethnic pluralism throughout several centuries of American culture and politics drew renewed scholarly interest. At the same time, New York City's Catholic and Jewish communities began to see their cultural insularity and demographic strength being undermined by sweeping changes, including the mass influx of new groups of immigrants from different parts of the world. This conclusion examines the gradual decline and reordering of white ethnic New York after 1970 and the reaction of Jews and Catholics to the challenges of a racially changing city.
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