Encyclopedia of Racism in the United States
by Pyong Gap Min, ed.
August 2005, 1024pp, 7x10
3 volumes, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-0-313-32688-2
$201, £155, 175€, A276
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This timely encyclopedia is the first to encapsulate racism and its manifestations throughout U.S. history.

Racism has plagued the United States since its inception. The underside of American history is filled with the reality of racism—the decimation and removal of the Indians, slavery, Jim Crow, internment camps for Japanese Americans, the crime of driving while black, and border patrols, to name some examples. This set covers the period from colonial times until today and all the groups discriminated against at one time or another: Arabs and Muslims, who are the most recent targets, blacks, Asians, the indigenous, Latinos, European immigrants, and Jews. It is the first work to explore the magnitude of the explosive issue and does so in a non-inflammatory manner. More than 450 essay entries present key terms, organizations, movements, incidents, forums, texts, individuals, legislation, theories, and the like.

The wide range of entries will facilitate cross-disciplinary reading and research for high school and higher education students and the general reader. As an authoritative ready-reference, it will be crucial for understanding of the minority groups and their experiences with the dominant culture. Most entries contain suggestions for further reading. A timeline, photos, and a host of primary documents uomplement the entries. Sample entries: Academic Racism, American Literature and Racism, Aryan Nations, Barrios, Bensonhurst Incident, Columbus Day Controversy, Detroit Race Riot of 1967, Eugenics Movement, Films and Racial Stereotypes, Freedom Riders, Gulf War, Jim Crow Laws, La Raza Unida, March on Washington, Melting Pot, Mexican Repatriations, Minstrelsy, Nation of Islam, One-Drop Rule, Pan-Asian Solidarity, Race Riots, Redlining, Sharecropping, Sioux Outbreak of 1890, Slave Codes, Sports Mascots, Tokenism, U.S. Border Patrol, War on Poverty and the Great Society, WASPs, White Flight, Zionist Occupied Government

Awards

Booklist Editors' Choice 2005, January 1, 2005

Reviews

"Many comparable encyclopedias are essentially references to diverse aspects of racial and ethnic groups. The Encyclopedia is organized around major concepts and theories, legislation, influential publications, historical events and people, all as they relate directly or indirectly to racism. The editor, a sociology professor who has written award-winning books on Asian American studies, defines racism as racial victimization for all racial and ethnic minority groups....Of the 447 entries in the Encyclopedia, 25 represent more complex topics (e.g., anti-Semitism, biological racism) and are at least twice as long as the remaining entries of 500-1,000 words. Some entries would likely only be noticed from browsing or from the see also references (e.g., Chinese Immigrants, Adaptation to Female Jobs), but are arguably important for understanding racism as it applies to the eight categories of ethnic groups covered in the Encyclopedia. With nearly a hundred pages of primary documents, the Encyclopedia will be a valuable supplement to studies of racism and multiculturalism. Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through graduate students; general readers."—Choice, February 1, 2006

"[A] useful source of background information for general readers, high school students, and lower-level undergraduates."—Library Journal, February 1, 2006

"[A]n admirable piece of work. It offers a great deal of provocative and compelling material that is lucidly presented and appropriately illustrated. For undergraduate students of American studies, history, cultural studies, sociology, and anthropology this would be a useful resource. For their tutors it would provide many good starting-points for seminars and workshops, with the primary texts supplying excellent ways in to the subject of racism. For researchers from all disciplines who are interested in race, the bibliography and many of the entries would prove helpful, and even inspiring."—Reference Reviews, May 1, 2006

"[U]seful....The Encyclopedia of Racism in the United States is recommended for high school, college and public libraries."—Catholic Library World, June 1, 2006

"College-level collections with strong holdings in racism studies and ethnic issues would do well to make the 3-volume reference edited by Pyong Gap Min, Encyclopedia of Racism in the United States, a mainstay of any collection....Advanced high school holdings will also want to consider including it as a reference: there's plenty of bibliographic material and a solid organization which lends to its being an at-a-glance reference or the source for papers."—MBR Bookwatch, November 1, 2005

"This is the first encyclopedia that focuses exclusively on theories and historical events related to racism in the United States. Dr. Pyong Gap Min clearly meets the broad information needs of students and readers studying American history, immigration, or racial and ethnic issues by providing a broad spectrum of topics related to racism and discrimination in the United States....[u]sers of public and high school libraries along with libraries supporting an undergraduate curriculum will find this set useful for learning background information on groups, individuals, and events that compromise the racist component of America past and present."—Reference & User Services Quarterly, April 1, 2006

"This set is a unique source on a vexing and persistant topic. Monographs of both a scholarly and popular nature are regularly published on racism, and there are numerous reference works devoted to the issue of civil rights in America, but none are as exhaustive as this one, which covers racism from the late eighteenth century to the present. Entries focus on topics like movements, legislation, significant events, terminology, noteworthy personalities, and landmark court cases....[t]his is an extensive and valuable encyclopedia useful for both high-school and college students. Recommended for high-school, public, and academic libraries."—Booklist, Starred Review, January 1, 2006

"More than 400 essays that examine concepts, theories, and historical events from 1790 to 2003 are included in this set....The articles cover six areas: social science terms, concepts, and theories related to racism; historical and contemporary events, figures, and organizations that reflect or support racial discrimination; racial prejudice and discrimination in employment, housing, and other economic areas; reactions of minority groups to discrimination and minority leaders; government programs, agencies, and related court cases; and major books that either support or expose racism. Eight groups are discussed: Native Americans; African Americans; Hispanics; Asian Americans; Muslims and Arabs; white ethnic groups including Jews, Italians, and the Irish; and immigrants and their children....This resource is more comprehensive than others on the same topic."—School Library Journal, March 1, 2006

"[A] good resource....This set can be an asset to a reference collection."—VOYA, February 1, 2006

"College-level collections with strong holdings in racism studies and ethnic issues would do well to make the 3-volume reference edited by Pyong Gap Min, Encyclopedia of Racism in the United States, a mainstay of any collection. Racism has been in the country since inception and American history is filled with accounts: more than 450 essay entries cover not just terms and key people, but organizations, movements, incidents, forums, law and more. Advanced high school holdings will also want to consider including it as a reference: there's plenty of bibliographic material and a solid organization which lends to its being a at-a-glance reference or the source for papers."—MBR Bookwatch, November 1, 2005

"The civil rights movement, culminating in the passage of landmark civil rights legislation in 1964 and 1965, set into motion a literal revolution of ideas. The result was a tremendous outpouring of research and writing that transformed how we think about race and racism. This is why the Encyclopedia of Racism in the United States is such a timely contribution. For scholars and students alike, it provides a one-stop reference to the vast canon of race scholarship. More than a compendium of knowledge, it also reflects the theoretical developments and critical thinking that are the hallmarks of race scholarship during the post-Civil Rights Era."—Stephen Steinberg - Professor of Urban Studies at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York
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