Hate Groups
A Reference Handbook
by David E. Newton
August 2021, 344pp, 6 x 9
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-7774-2
$65, £50, 57€, A90
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Hate groups have been an active part of American history from the moment Europeans landed in North America to the present day.

Hate Groups: A Reference Handbook offers answers to essential questions about hate groups in a way that is accessible to students and general readers interested in this important topic.

Hate Groups: A Reference Handbook covers the topic of hate groups from the earliest pages of human history to the present day. Chapters One and Two provide a historical background of the topic and a review of current problems, controversies, and solutions. The remainder of the book consists of chapters that aid readers in continuing their research on the topic, such as an extended annotated bibliography, a chronology, a glossary, lists of noteworthy individuals and organizations in the field, and important data and documents. The variety of resources provided, such as further reading, perspective essays about hate groups, a historical timeline, and useful terms in the field, differentiates this book from others of its kind. It is intended for readers of high school through the community college level, along with adult readers who may be interested in the topic.


  • Provides readers with a history of hate groups, which have evolved significantly over the years
  • Discusses the role of seemingly "neutral" organizations in promoting the efforts of hate groups
  • Supplies abundant resources for further research on hate groups by readers of all ages
  • Rounds out the author's expertise with perspective essays, giving readers a diversity of viewpoints on the topic
David E. Newton holds a BA in chemistry, an MA in education from the University of Michigan, and an EdD in science education from Harvard University. He is author of more than 400 textbooks, encyclopedias, and other educational materials. He taught mathematics, chemistry, and physical science in Grand Rapids, MI, for 13 years; was professor of chemistry and physics at Salem State College in Massachusetts for 15 years; and was adjunct professor in the College of Professional Studies at the University of San Francisco for 10 years.


2022 Choice Outstanding Academic Title—Choice, December 1, 2022


"This concise, informative, and revealing overview of hate groups is an excellent starting point for researchers and readers."—Library Journal, December 1, 2021

"Newton’s study is a remarkable research tool for all academic and public libraries and is a must for their collections."—Choice, June 1, 2022

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