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Race Relations in America: A Reference Guide with Primary Documents (Major Issues in American History)

Race Relations in America: A Reference Guide with Primary Documents (Major Issues in American History)
Author: Thomas J. Davis Ph.D.
ISBN 13: 9780313311154
ISBN 10: 313311153
Edition: annotated edition
Publisher: Greenwood
Publication Date: 2006-03-30
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 301
List Price: $83.00

America has struggled with racial issues since its birth centuries ago. In this pivotal study of racism in the United States, over 90 primary documents provide compelling evidence of how race has affected and shaped our country throughout the years. A narrative overview of each event, expert analysis, the text of primary sources contemporary to the time of the event, and ready reference materials will help both high school and college students to understand how race has affected the country. From the framing of the Constitution to the removal of American Indians and the Civil War, students will learn how racism is prevalent even in today's society, be it in the war on terrorism, anti-immigrant feelings, or views against casinos on Native American reservations. Documents include excerpts from speeches, letters, pamphlets, books, essays, newspaper, magazine, and journal articles, government reports, congressional debates, laws, and court decisions. This detailed work includes an overview of racism in America, and is then followed by compelling and revealing primary documents that help to illustrate 15 key events in history. These events include:

  • Constructing the Constitution
  • Indian removal from east to west
  • Nat Turner's rebellion
  • War with Mexico
  • The Civil War
  • Reconstruction and post-Civil War
  • The end of the Indian Wars
  • Anti-Asian internment
  • Segregation and the New Deal
  • Desegregation
  • Casinos on Indian reservations
  • Affirmative Action
  • Race on Trial
  • New immigrants today
  • And the war on terrorism Each section concludes with suggested readings and Web sites. The work is fully indexed.