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U sociologists Doug Hartmann, Penny Edgell, and  Joseph Gerteis.

U sociologists (from left to right) Doug Hartmann, Penny Edgell, and Joseph Gerteis lead the American Mosaic Project's look at race and religion in America.

Fear and tolerance in America

American Mosaic Project looks at race and religion in America

By Jamie Proulx

From M, summer 2004

Three University of Minnesota sociology professors--Penny Edgell, Joseph Gerteis, and Doug Hartmann--have begun the three-year American Mosaic Project to look at race and religion in America.

The project recently completed a national survey which questioned people about their views on race, religion, tolerance, and prejudice. Below is a sample of interesting findings:

Also, religious beliefs strongly influenced people's attitudes about diversity and inequality.

The second phase of the project will include extensive fieldwork that will bring the team to Minneapolis, Boston, Los Angeles, and Atlanta.

The Edelstein Family Foundation of Minneapolis sponsors the American Mosaic Project. The Edelsteins, brothers Jacob and David and sister Ruth, are U alumni and experienced discrimination and intolerance as Jews in the 1920s. For more information on this research, visit

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