Encyclopedia of Racism in the United States

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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, ...

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Overview

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

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"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."

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MBR Bookwatch

"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."

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MBR Bookwatch

"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."

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Booklist, Starred Review

"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."

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Choice

"[A] useful source of background information for general readers, high school students, and lower-level undergraduates."

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Library Journal

"[A] good resource….This set can be an asset to a reference collection."

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VOYA

"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."

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School Library Journal

"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."

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Reference & User Services Quarterly

"[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."

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Reference Reviews

"[U]seful….The Encyclopedia of Racism in the United States is recommended for high school, college and public libraries."

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VOYA
This set chronicles and categorizes the history of racial prejudice in the United States. More than 450 entries detail people, legislation, and movements. Lines of ethnicity blur as entries about anti-Irish and anti-Italian sentiments are included. The extensive appendix includes many primary documents and original writings. The bibliography aids research by having a general section as well as sections for African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, and Caucasian ethnic groups. For the most part, it is a good resource, but one senses agendas behind some entries. Entries are informative, but some may leave the researcher wanting more. Others seem to dance around the issue at hand. The entry on Irish immigrants says that they were called "Black Caucasians" (a term not found by an Internet search) whereas the term is "white nigger" and familiar to many sons of Erin. "Derogatory Terms" details few terms from the plethora of epithets available. The article about Louis Farrakhan merely mentions that he "has his detractors"; however, "Black anti-Semitism" details his anti-Semitic viewpoints. One entry describes the perceptions of some evangelical Christians that Jews are "straight on the road to hell," which struck this reviewer as a less than scholarly phrasing. "Driving while Black, Stopping People for" strikes one as a bit flippant when "Racial Profiling" was an option. This set can be an asset to a reference collection; however, it does not appear to be the definitive, "must-have" work on the subject. 2005, Greenwood, 795p. in 3 vols.; Index. Illus. Photos. Biblio. Chronology. Appendix., PLB $249.95/set.. Ages 11 to Adult.
—Mike Brown
Library Journal
Editor Min (sociology, Queens Coll., Graduate Ctr., CUNY) attempts to fill a perceived gap by focusing this three-volume set on racism in the United States. Each volume begins with a list of entries and a guide to related entries for students researching broader topics. The majority of the 450 entries run about a paragraph to a page in length, covering sociological terms, current and historical events, individuals, organizations, books, court cases, government programs, and legislation. Twenty-five of the entries deal with such broad concepts as affirmative action or the Civil Rights Movement and are about five pages long. Most entries have See Also references and suggestions for further reading. The introduction provides a brief overview of racism in the United States and is followed by a useful chronology. Primary documents found in the appendix are easily found elsewhere. Some entries do a good job of distilling complex issues while others could use more depth of analysis. The coverage of current events and recent government policies is a strength. The criteria for selection of the 37 biographical entries appear to be arbitrary; adding more biographical entries or removing them completely would improve the work. Bottom Line Considering the steep price, one would expect a more solid work, such as Ellis Cashmore's Encyclopedia of Race and Ethnic Studies or Guido Bolaffi's Dictionary of Race, Ethnicity and Culture, which are similar but more international in scope. However, this would be a useful source of background information for general readers, high school students, and lower-level undergraduates.-Patricia Arrington, Peabody Inst. Lib., Danvers, MA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313326882
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/30/2005
  • Edition description: 3 Volume Set
  • Pages: 1024
  • Product dimensions: 7.16 (w) x 10.32 (h) x 3.02 (d)

Meet the Author

PYONG GAP MIN is Professor of Sociology at Queens College and the Graduate School of the City University of New York. A prolific author and editor, he has taught courses on race and ethnic relations, marriage and the family, and Asian Americans and specializes in Korean and other Asian American immigrants.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Introduction

List of Advisory Board Members, Editor, and Contributors

Chronology

List of Entries

List of Entries by Category

Encyclopedia of Racism in the United States

Appendix

Primary Documents

Slave Codes of the State of Georgia, 1848

Excerpts from the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, 1848

The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863

Fourteenth Amendment, June 1866

The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882

Excerpt from the Indian Allotment Act, 1887

Plessy v. Ferguson, 1896

The National Origins Act of 1924 (Johnson-Reed Act)

Executive Order #9066, February 1942

Brown v. Board of Education, May 1954

The Civil Rights Act of 1964

Excerpt from the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965

Voting Rights Act of 1965

Executive Order 11246 (1965), as Amended

Excerpt from the Kerner Commission Report, 1968

Original Writings

Excerpts from Abraham Lincoln's letter to James C. Conkling, August 26, 1863

Excerpt from W.E.B. Du Bois' The Souls of Black Folks, 1903

Excerpts from Madison Grant's The Passing of the Great Race, 1916

Excerpt from Gunnar Myrdal's An American Dilemma: The Negro Problem and Modern Democracy, 1944

Excerpt from Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letter from a Birmingham Jail," 1963

Excerpt from Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream Speech," 1963

Excerpt from Malcolm X's The Autobiography of Malcolm X, 1965

Excerpt from James Mooney's The Ghost-Dance Religion and the Sioux Outbreak of 1890, 1965

Huanani-Kay Trask's "Settlers, Not Immigrants"

Excerpt from the Aryan Nation's Platform

Excerpt from the American Sociological Association's "The Importance of Collecting Data and Doing Social ScientificResearch of Race," 2003

Bibliography

Index

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