Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896 to the Present: From the Age of Segregation to the Twenty-first Century Five-volume set

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Overview

Focusing on the making of African American society from the 1896 "separate but equal" ruling of Plessy v. Ferguson up to the contemporary period, this encyclopedia traces the transition from the Reconstruction Era to the age of Jim Crow, the Harlem Renaissance, the Great Migration, the Brown ruling that overturned Plessy, the Civil Rights Movement, and the ascendant influence of African American culture on the American cultural landscape.

Covering African American history in all areas of U.S. history and culture from 1896 to the present, the Encyclopedia contains approximately 1,200 fully cross-referenced entries that are all signed by leading scholars and experts, making this five-volume set the most reliable and extensive treatment to be found on African American history in the twentieth century. The set also contains 500 images and roughly 640 biographies, as well as an entry on each of the fifty states. In addition to its comprehensive coverage of African Americans, the Encyclopedia also contains entries about key figures who affected the lives of African Americans in particular and Americans in general. Unrivalled in breadth and scope, this is the preeminent source of information on this topic and is destined to become a trusted reference source for years to come.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"No similar encyclopedia rivals the wealth and confirmation of African American history found here...it belongs in all large public libraries and all academic libraries."— Library Journal (Starred Review)

" . . . the combined eight volumes of the two parts of the Encyclopedia of African American History represent the most in-depth coverage of African American history from the arrival of the first slaves to the present day. "— Booklist (Starred Review)

"This set, with coverage starting in 1896, truly provides a comprehensive examination from the "Age of Segregation" through the 2008 presidential election . . . Highly recommended."—CHOICE

Library Journal

This impressive set was designed as a complement to Oxford's Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619-1895(LJ6/1/06). The purpose of both sets-as well as Oxford's African American National Biography(AANB)-is to provide a comprehensive view of the wealth of information about and scholarship on African Americans. While there are far more important figures in AANB, this resource, edited by Finkelman (Albany Law Sch.), excels at gathering discussions of similar or related topics by academics under one heading. Under "Desegregation and Integration," for instance, users will find five subentries: an overview and individual entries on desegregation and integration in the armed forces, higher education, public education, and professional athletics. References appear at the end of most articles, in addition to a selective bibliography. Blind entries like "Unions, Labor" tell readers to look under "Organized Labor." A thematic outline, a directory of contributors, an index, and a year-by-year account of important events from 1896 to 2008 round out Volume 5.
—Al Vara

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195167795
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 2/2/2009
  • Pages: 2672
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 8.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Editors:
Paul Finkelman, Editor in Chief, Albany Law School
L. Diane Barnes, Youngstown State University
Graham Russell Hodges, Colgate University
Gerald Horne,University of Houston
Cary D. Wintz,Texas Southern University

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