Encyclopedia of Minorities in American Politics [Two Volumes]

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The Encyclopedia is the only resource available that focuses exclusively on the expanding role of minorities in U.S. politics. Containing more than 2,000 entries, this two-volume set is divided into four distinct sections covering African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans. It makes a broad range of information readily accessible, including historical and contemporary biographies, descriptions of major events, and coverage of important legal decisions and ...

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Overview

The Encyclopedia is the only resource available that focuses exclusively on the expanding role of minorities in U.S. politics. Containing more than 2,000 entries, this two-volume set is divided into four distinct sections covering African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans. It makes a broad range of information readily accessible, including historical and contemporary biographies, descriptions of major events, and coverage of important legal decisions and organizations.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Provides an excellent overview of African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, and Native American political involvment. . . . Especially valuable for general readers and undergraduates, including technical program students."

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Choice

"[N]o other reference source provides as comprehensive coverage . . . of the political history of these four minority groups within a single reference work. . . . This work is highly recommended for public, high school, college, and university libraries."

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Reference & User Services Quarterly

"[T]he information is authoritative, current, and informative. The set constitutes a good one-stop place for students doing research on these four groups and deserves purchase for its usefulness."

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The Gale Group

"This set is a welcome addition to the reference literature because it addresses important topics that are generally neglected. . . . For academic libraries."

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LJ

"This work serves as an excellent source for students and general researchers looking for useful, reliable, and readily available material on the political history and influence of the four largest racial ethnic groups in the United States."

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ARBA

"Only one-stop resource available that focuses exclusively on the expanding role of minorities in the U.S. politics."

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EMAP

Library Journal
This set is a welcome addition to the reference literature because it addresses important topics that are generally neglected. Its flaws, minor enough that they could be easily redressed in the next edition, include overemphasis on contemporary figures and events without history or context; superficial entries (e.g., failing to convey the significance of Thurgood Marshall, describing "cultural pluralism" as "recognizing that each race has its own culture," or citing only a newspaper op-ed in a bibliography; and empirical as well as normative assertions that are not well supported. Distinct sections cover African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans but without coordination (the role of political parties, for example, is discussed for African Americans in extensive essays that are among the best entries but not for other groups). An interesting comparative time line, excerpts from original sources, and directories of community groups are all included. Schultz also edited Encyclopedia of Religion in American Politics. For academic libraries.--Frank H. Wu, Howard Univ. Law Sch., Washington, DC Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
Booknews
This two-volume set (the third and final work in the American Political Landscape Series) addresses the contemporary impact of four of the largest minority groups in the U.S. About 2,000 alphabetically arranged entries cover people, events, court cases, movements, and organizations. Longer entries discuss some of the key issues that face minorities in American politics today<-->for example, affirmative action, immigration, bilingual education, and political participation Volume I explain the political history of African and Asian Americans, and Volume II covers Native and Hispanic Americans. Introductory essays highlight the political history of each group. Appendixes include primary documents and directory information on organizations. Contains several b&w photos. Edited by Schultz (adjunct fellow at the John M. Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs), Kerry L. Haynie (Rutgers U.), Anne M. McCulloch (Columbia College), and Andres L. Aoki (Augsburg College). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573561297
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/31/1999
  • Series: American Political Landscape Series
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

JEFFREY D. SCHULTZ is president of Jeffrey D. Schultz & Co., Inc.

KERRY L. HAYNIE is an assistant professor of political science at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ.

ANDREW L. AOKI is chairman of the Department of Political Science at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN.

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Table of Contents

Volume 1

Contributors for Volume 1

Foreword by Helen Thomas

Preface

Acknowledgments

Part 1: African Americans

Introduction: African Americans and American Politics by Christopher J. Malone

African Americans: Entries

Appendix 1: Speeches and Documents

Appendix 2: African-American Organizations

Appendix 3: Tables

Part 2: Asian Americans

Introduction: The Politics of Asian Americans by Don Toshiaki Nakanishi

Asian Americans: Entries

Appendix 1: Documents

Appendix 2: Asian-American Organizations

Appendix 3: Tables

Timeline

Index I-1

Volume 2

Contributors for Volume 2

Foreword by Helen Thomas

Preface

Acknowledgments

Part 3: Hispanic Americans

Introduction: A Topography of Latinos in the United States: Politics, Policy, and Political Involvement by John A. Garcia

Hispanic Americans: Entries

Appendix 1: Documents

Appendix 2: Hispanic-American Organizations

Appendix 3: Tables

Part 4: Native Americans

Introduction: Native Americans in American Politics by Peter P. d'Errico

Native Americans: Entries

Appendix 1: Speeches and Documents

Appendix 2: Native American Organizations

Appendix 3: Tables

Appendix 4: Indian Tribal Entities in the United States

Timeline

Index I-1

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