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Despite this, Dewey’s ideas did not offer the stability of belief that many needed. To Dewey ‘truth’ was relative, mutable and based upon untested outcomes; for him it was ‘the quest for certainty’ that harmed society and hampered social progress. 35 The 1920s marked a new era for the social sciences with the formation of the Chicago School of sociology and the work of urban sociologists Robert Park and Ernest Burgess from around 1918. Robert Park had been a student of both Dewey at Michigan, and William James at Harvard.
In contrast to both African nationalists and white supremacists, a cultural movement supported by Du Bois and a number of African American artists arose to proclaim that there was a ‘New Negro’ who would play a key role in the revitalisation of both black and white American culture. Black intellectuals and artists consciously ignited a new cultural movement that reflected this growing self-consciousness. Unlike white despair over the decline of civilisation, the movement exhibited a willing rejection of the past and a celebration of social and cultural change as progress.
The physical and psychic power of woman is more indispensable to the well-being and power of the human race than that even of man’. Women thus remained central to the progress of civilisation but their emancipation was only of benefit if they used it for scientific efficiency and racial uplift. Despite the class and race bias in the birth control movement, however, many black, immigrant and working-class women subscribed to these ideas as a necessity (and boon) to modern womanhood, sexual freedom and the progress of civilisation.