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Race and Racism in the U.S.: Getting Started: Basic Resources

What's Here?

This guide focuses on resources that you can use when seeking information/materials relating to the history of race and power in the United States.


Bibliographies are great for finding out what has been written/is available on a specific topic.

World Racism and Related Inhumanities: A Country-by-Country Bibliography
Meyer Weinberg. New York, Greenwood Press, 1992.
Some 12,000 references to books, book chapters, articles, dissertations and reports relating to racism and "inhumanities" (antisemitism, colonialism, sexism, and slavery) in 135 countries from ancient times to the late 20th century.
Dana Call Number: REF. HT1521 .W45 1992

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

Scholarly encyclopedias can give you an overview of a topic as well as some basic bibliography.

Encyclopedia of Racism in the United States
Westport, Conn., Greenwood Press, 2005. 3 vols.
Some 450 scholarly entries dealing with concepts, theories, people, events, legislation, court cases, and specific racial and ethnic groups. Includes an appendix of primary documents: slave codes, legal documents, speeches, and texts. Sneak Peak
Dana Call Number: REF E184.A1E773 2005
Race Relations in America: A Reference Guide with Primary Documents
Thomas J. Davis. Westport, Conn., Greenwood Press, 2006.
Dana Call Number: REF E184 .A1D283 2006
The Color of Words: An Encyclopedia Dictionary of Ethnic Bias in the United States
Philip H. Herbst. Yarmouth, Me., Intercultural Press, 1997.
Herbst, an anthropologist, offers definitions, as well as the social and historical origins, of 850 frequently misunderstood, offensive, or politically-charged ethnic and racial terms used in the U.S.
Dana Call Number: REF E184 .A1H466 1997
Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History
New York, Macmillan, 1996. 5 vols plus Supplement (2001). 
Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History: The Black Experience in the Americas
2nd edition. Detroit, Macmillan, 2006. 6 vols.
Signed entries covering all aspects of African-American history and life. While the 2d edition expands the scope of the work beyond North America, it has only a little more than half of the number of entries found in the first edition. Many of the U.S.-centered articles (for example, entries on states and major cities) are not available in the 2d edition. About half of the articles that appear in both have been updated in the 2d edition. Bibliographic references. Together, a good starting point for research.
Dana Call Number: Ref. E185 .E54 1996.
Dana Call Number: Ref. E185 .E54 2006. Rutgers-restricted Access
Encyclopedia of African American History 1619-1895: From the Colonial Period to the Age of Frederick Douglass
New York, Oxford University Press, 2006. 3 vols.
Nearly 700 signed entries with selective bibliographies on people, events, activities and issues relevant to African American history up to the late 19th century. List of Entries.
Dana Call Number: Ref. E185 .E546 2006
Asian American Encyclopedia
Franklin Ny, editor. New York, Marshall Cavendish, 1995. 6 vols.
Signed entries on topics dealing with various Asian groups in the U.S. Especially strong on cultural aspects and issues. Bibliographic references. An outstanding resource.
Dana Call Number: Ref E184 .O6A827 1995.

LGBT: Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History in America
New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, 2004. 3 vols.
More than 500 scholarly entries on LGBT identities, communities, cultures, movements, and issues. Rutgers-restricted Access



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