The Great American Mosaic
An Exploration of Diversity in Primary Documents
by Gary Y. Okihiro, General Editor
September 2014, 1858pp, 8 1/2x11
4 volumes, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-61069-612-8
$436, £336, 380€, A598
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Olaudah Equiano was kidnapped from West Africa and enslaved when he was only 11.

Firsthand sources are brought together to illuminate the diversity of American history in a unique way—by sharing the perspectives of people of color who participated in landmark events.

This invaluable, four-volume compilation is a comprehensive source of documents that give voice to those who comprise the American mosaic, illustrating the experiences of racial and ethnic minorities in the United States. Each volume focuses on a major racial/ethnic group: African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and Latinos. Documents chosen by the editors for their utility and relevance to popular areas of study are organized into chronological periods from historical to contemporary.

The collection includes eyewitness accounts, legislation, speeches, and interviews. Together, they tell the story of America’s diverse population and enable readers to explore historical concepts and contexts from multiple viewpoints. Introductions for each volume and primary document provide background and history that help students understand and critique the material. The work also features a useful primary document guide, bibliographies, and indices to aid teachers, librarians, and students in class work and research.


  • Highlights the history and experience of people of color in the United States through 450 important documents and firsthand accounts
  • Introduces readers to multiple viewpoints about landmark events
  • Provides a unique and helpful "Guide to Why and How to Use Primary Documents"
Gary Y. Okihiro is professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University. His published works include Pineapple Culture: A History of the Tropical and Temperate Zones and Island World: A History of Hawai`i and the United States, as well as ABC-CLIO's Encyclopedia of Japanese American Internment.

Lionel C. Bascom has written numerous histories, nonfiction books, and literary collections. He is professor in the Department of Writing, Linguistics and Creative Process at Western Connecticut State University and a two-time member of the Pulitzer Prize Jury in Journalism at Columbia University. His published works include The Last Leaf of Harlem: Selected and Newly Discovered Fiction by the Author of The Wedding and A Renaissance in Harlem: Lost Voices of an African American Community.

James E. Seelye Jr. is assistant professor of history at Kent State University. A specialist in American Indian history and a student of Alfred A. Cave, he earned his doctorate from the University of Toledo.

Emily Moberg Robinson received a bachelor's degree in history from Wellesley College and a master's degree and a doctorate in history from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research is in memory studies and immigrant and national identity. She has taught courses in United States history, religious history, and Asian American studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz and at Menlo College.

Guadalupe Compean is an independent scholar and coeditor of ABC-CLIO's Voices of the U.S. Latino Experience.


"This set will be an excellent addition to academic and public library collections. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readership levels."—Choice, March 24, 2015
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