America's Changing Neighborhoods
An Exploration of Diversity through Places
by Reed Ueda, Editor
September 2017, 1277pp, 7x10
3 volumes, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-2864-5
$357, £275, 311€, A490
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The ethnic and immigrant neighborhoods of America are unique microcosms, each with its own heritage and traditions. Exploring these groups provides insights into America’s complex society.

A unique panoramic survey of ethnic groups throughout the United States that explores the diverse communities in every region, state, and big city.

Race, ethnicity, and immigrants’ lives and identity: these are all key topics that Americans need to study in order to fully understand U.S. culture, society, politics, economics, and history. Learning about “place” through our own historical and contemporary neighborhoods is an ideal way to better grasp the important role of race and ethnicity in the United States. This reference work comprehensively covers both historical and contemporary ethnic and immigrant neighborhoods through A–Z entries that explore the places and people in every major U.S. region and neighborhood.

America’s Changing Neighborhoods: An Exploration of Diversity uniquely combines the history of ethnic groups with the history of communities, offering an interdisciplinary examination of the nation’s makeup. It gives readers perspective and insight into ethnicity and race based on the geography of enclaves across the nation, in regions and in specific cities or localized areas within a city. Among the entries are nearly 200 “neighborhood biographies” that provide histories of local communities and their ethnic groups. Images, sidebars, cross-references at the end of each entry, and cross-indexing of entries serve readers conducting preliminary as well as in-depth research. The book’s state-by-state entries also offer population data, and an appendix of ancestry statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau details ethnic and racial diversity.


  • Provides educators and researchers with a useful guide to the diverse ethnic and racial minorities of the United States that describes their geographic location and their local community life
  • Serves journalists and scholars needing quick, convenient access to accurate information for research on places like San Francisco's Chinatown or Little Italy in Manhattan
  • Presents statistics based on the U. S. Census of ethnic and racial diversity in each state
Reed Ueda is a historian of the United States who studies the intersection of social history and institutional history. He has explored this area in studies such as Avenues to Adulthood: The Origins of the High School and Social Mobility in an American Suburb; Postwar Immigrant America: A Social History; and The New Americans: A Guide to Immigration since 1965 (with Mary C. Waters and Helen Marrow); and as research editor of the Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups, which has been awarded the Waldo Leland Prize of the American Historical Association. Ueda's work has been supported by fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson International Center, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Charles Warren Center at Harvard.


2017 Best Reference Title—Library Journal, February 28, 2017


"[A] standout work. . . . What makes this encyclopedia unique is its focus on where these groups have formed and its geographical approach. . . . This is a clear-sighted guide, marked by superb writing and useful demographic metrics. VERDICT A stellar source for students and general readers researching ethnic groups, especially by geographic distribution and concentration across the United States."—Library Journal, Starred Review, January 1, 2018

"This one-of-a-kind collection is recommended for community colleges, undergraduate, historical and cultural heritage organizations, and public libraries."—Choice, May 1, 2018
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