A State-by-State History of Race and Racism in the United States

Greenwood. 2018. 921p. ed. by . photos. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781440856006. $198; ebk. ISBN 9781440856013. REF
Reid-Merritt (social work & Africana studies, Stockton Univ.) doesn't sugarcoat anything in this poignant examination of the history of race and racism in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The author uncovers one disturbing event or fact after another, capably demonstrating that racism cannot be localized to one area, ethnic group, or period. The work emphasizes the history of segregation and racial discrimination in education, religion, housing, employment, government, the judiciary, public service, marriage, and the family. Each state chapter offers a detailed chronology of important events, a historical narrative, sidebars highlighting the event, a brief biographical account of one or more well-known individuals associated with the issue of racism, and a list of titles for further reading. Sidebars accurately discuss moments of racism or those victimized, with a special focus on African Americans, Latinx Americans, and Native Americans. Essays are rich and compelling. Numerous visuals complete the story and humanize many. The tone is somber as readers learn about the pervasiveness of prejudice, discrimination, and violence across all regions and classes. This thoughtful resource convincingly argues that much work still lies ahead to improve race relations in America.
VERDICT A stimulating work that provides readers and researchers with a wealth of information and historical data. For high school students, college undergraduates, and general readers.

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