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The sociology of race and ethnicity is a controversial field, and yet one which was central to the making of sociology in the first half of the twentieth century.
At the opening of the twentieth century there were already various sociologically or anthropologically inclined treatments of the subject of race, but they were either not particularly scientific or were generalized on the basis of contemporary philosophical or ethnocentric prejudices. Two key sources of influence then led to a change of direction in this field – first, the work of empirical researchers, and second, the emerging body of work by black sociologists.
With a new introduction by the editor placing the works in their social and theoretical context, this collection reprints key texts representing differing perspectives on the sociology of race, as well as examples of the smaller body of works which comprised early sociology.
Volume I: George Fitzhugh, Sociology for the South: On the Failure of Free Society, Richmond, Virginia: A. Morris, 1854 Volume II: W. E. B. Du Bois (ed.), The Negro in Business, Atlanta University Publications No. 4, Atlanta, Georgia: Atlanta University Press, 1899 and W. E. B. Du Bois (ed.), The Negro Church, Atlanta University Publications No. 8, Atlanta, Georgia: Atlanta University Press, 1903 Volume III: W. E. B. Dub Bois (ed.), Some Notes on Negro Crime, Particularly in Georgia, Atlanta University Publications No. 9, Atlanta Georgia: Atlanta University Press, 1904 and W. E. B. Du Bois (ed.), The Negro American Family, Atlanta University Publications No. 13, Atlanta, Georgia: Atlanta University Press, 1908 Volume IV: Edward Franklin Frazier, The Negro Family in Chicago, Chiocago, University of Chicago Press, 1931 Volume V: Charles S. Johnson, The Shadow of the Plantation, Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1934 Volume VI: Robert E. Park, Race and Culture, Glencoe, Illinois, Free Press. 1950 Volume VII: E. A. Ross, The Old World in the New: The Significanse of Past and Present Immigration to the American People, New York, Century Co., 1913 Volume VIII: Henry Pratt Fairchild, Immigration: A world movement and its American significance, New York, Macmillan, 1913