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African American Almanac: 400 Years of Triumph, Courage, and Excellence. By Lean’tin Bracks. 2012. Visible Ink, $22.95 (9781578593231).
Bracks chronicles the African American experience from the arrival of the first Africans to North America, in the early 1600s, to the present day and gives context to less documented areas of African American history.
The American Mosaic. ABC-CLIO. abc-clio.com/ABC-CLIOCorporate/product.aspx?pc=AMIAW.
One way to bring social studies alive is to offer relevant, real-world examples, documents, and artifacts. This suite of databases from ABC-CLIO, the American Mosaic collection, consists of three separate modules: The African American Experience, The American Indian Experience, and The Latino American Experience. Each offers accessible, relevant, and engaging information that will appeal to students.
Asian Americans: An Encyclopedia of Social, Cultural, Economic, and Political History. Ed. by Xiaojian Zhao and Edward J. W. Park. 3v. 2013. Greenwood, $310 (9781598842395).
This encyclopedia uses more than 1,200 pages to describe the history of the Asian American people and another 100 pages of primary documents and references.
Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography. Ed. by Kerry Brown. 3v. 2013. Berkshire, $595 (9781933782669).
This monumental three-volume set lists noteworthy Chinese persons from the Xià and Shāng dynasties (2100–1045 BCE) through the establishment of the People’s Republic of China, ending in 1979. (A separate volume is planned, covering 1979 to the present.)
Encyclopedia of American Indian Issues Today. Ed. by Russell M. Lawson. 2v. 2013. Greenwood, $189 (9780313381447).
A comprehensive survey of social, economic, medical, and political issues affecting American Indians, this resource presents a fair assessment of challenges to indigenous peoples. The work contains detailed assessments of literacy, kinship, battlefields and monuments, traditional healing, law enforcement, and artistic venues.
Encyclopedia of Latino Culture: From Calaveras to Quinceañeras. Ed. by Charles M. Tatum. 3v. 2013. Greenwood, $294 (9781440800986).
The Latino population is the fastest growing in the U.S., and the cultures that make up such a large group are by no means homogeneous. This encyclopedia, rather than attempting a comprehensive look at the subject, gives readers an introduction to the variety of cultures within the Latino population by exploring nine areas of expressive culture.
Ethnic and Racial Minorities in the U.S. Military. Ed. by Alexander M. Bielakowski. 2v. 2013. ABC-CLIO, $189 (9781598844276).
Part biographical dictionary, part history focused on various groups, this encyclopedia would be a good supplement to other reference works on American military history and tells a story that is still being written by men and women of ethnic and minority groups achieving leadership roles in the armed forces.
Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America. 3rd ed. Ed. by Thomas Riggs. 4v. 2014. Gale, $555 (9780787675509).
This third edition has been thoroughly reorganized and has 23 new entries, each covering an immigrant or indigenous group in the U.S. Although the writing on cultural history and political activity is well done, the information highlighted in separate boxes is what truly fleshes out each culture. Students will find population maps, Sioux proverbs, and a Salvadoran recipe for chili-lime mango.
Race and Racism in the United States: An Encyclopedia of the American Mosaic. Ed. by Charles A. Gallagher and Cameron D. Lippard. 4v. 2014. Greenwood, $399 (9781440803451).
Users will find well-known people and topics in this set, such as Rosa Parks and the Montgomery bus boycott, but they will also find entries on lesser-known subjects, such as the Baton Rouge bus boycott, which was the first of its kind. The set goes beyond people, places, and events to cover difficult concepts as well.
Undocumented Immigrants in the United States: An Encyclopedia of Their Experience. Ed. by Anna Ochoa O’Leary. 2v. 2014. Greenwood, $189 (9780313384240).
The question of who “desirable” immigrants are has been part of political debate even before the founding of the nation. In more contemporary times, the discussion has focused on immigration quotas and undocumented immigration. This work focuses on undocumented immigration and touches upon the social dimension of immigration.
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