||Race and Ethnicity/General
How is race defined and perceived in America today, and how do these definitions and perceptions compare to attitudes 100 years ago… or 200 years ago? This four-volume set is the definitive source for every topic related to race in the United States.
In the 21st century, it is easy for some students and readers to believe that racism is a thing of the past; in reality, old wounds have yet to heal, and new forms of racism are taking shape. Racism has played a role in American society since the founding of the nation, in spite of the words "all men are created equal" within the Declaration of Independence. This set is the largest and most complete of its kind, covering every facet of race relations in the United States while providing information in a user-friendly format that allows easy cross-referencing of related topics for efficient research and learning.
The work serves as an accessible tool for high school researchers, provides important material for undergraduate students enrolled in a variety of humanities and social sciences courses, and is an outstanding ready reference for race scholars. The entries provide readers with comprehensive content supplemented by historical backgrounds, relevant examples from primary documents, and first-hand accounts. Information is presented to interest and appeal to readers but also to support critical inquiry and understanding. A fourth volume of related primary documents supplies additional reading and resources for research.
- Provides an accessible, concise, up-to-date, and scholarly encyclopedia on a topic of paramount importance—race
- Examines how issues regarding race underpin various facets of American society
- Supplies cross-indices that allow readers to search for material in a variety of ways, including chronologically, geographically, and by racial and ethnic group
- Contains important subject material relevant to a number of courses in the social sciences and humanities at the college level
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"This outstanding work provides detailed information on the topic in a balanced, comprehensive, and insightful manner. A thought-provoking introduction and a brief chronology open the four-volume set and are followed by more than 700 well-written and intelligently researched articles. . . . In short, the editors and contributors resoundingly achieve their stated purpose of producing a work that contributes to the understanding of racism in the United States while creating a valuable resource for general readers, students, and teachers on race relations and racial inequality. VERDICT: A use-first reference for any student or researcher of race-related and minority issues in the United States."
"Although numerous resources exist on race relations in the United States . . . this new set goes beyond examining the issues surrounding a particular race or ethnic group and instead brings attention to those groups which have experienced social or institutional discrimination in one form or another."
"A broad, interdisciplinary reference work on race and racism in the US—one that unites history, social theory, popular culture, and more—has long been needed. This four-volume set, surveying the period from American independence to the shooting of Trayvon Martin, does an admirable job of covering the events, people, movements, laws, concepts, and cultural artifacts relevant to any study of the "race question" in the US. . . . [T]his set does a commendable job of collecting an often-dizzying array of subjects and ever-evolving concepts into a reference work suitable for scholars and casual readers alike. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers."
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