Race and Racism in the United States
An Encyclopedia of the American Mosaic [4 volumes]
by Charles A. Gallagher and Cameron D. Lippard, Editors
June 2014, 1771pp, 8 1/2x11
4 volumes, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-0345-1
$419, £323, 365€, A574
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The way we treat the concept of race is ever-changing in America.

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.

Charles A. Gallagher is professor and chair of the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA. His research focuses on social inequality, race relations, and immigration, and he has published over 50 articles, reviews, and books on these topics. Gallagher's published work includes Being Brown in Dixie: Race, Ethnicity and Latino Immigration in the New South, coedited with Cameron D. Lippard; and Retheorizing Race and Whiteness in the 21st Century: Changes and Challenges. As a nationally recognized authority on race and social inequality, he has given many talks about these topics and frequently appears in the media as a subject expert.

Cameron D. Lippard is assistant professor of sociology at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC. His research focuses on social inequality, race relations, and immigration, and he has published research articles and books focusing on Latino immigrant integration into the American South. His most recent books include Being Brown in Dixie: Race, Ethnicity and Latino Immigration in the New South, coedited with Charles A. Gallagher; and the research monograph Building Inequality: Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration in the Atlanta Construction Industry. Lippard has given several talks on the social issues Latino immigrants face in new immigrant destinations throughout the United States.


"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."—Library Journal, Starred Review, October 1, 2014

"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."—ARBAonline, October 1, 2014

"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."—Choice, December 1, 2014
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