Review by Choice Review
Racial violence and the specific phenomenon of the race riot have always been part of the American landscape, but have seldom been covered encyclopedically. Rucker and Upton (Ohio State) seek to fill that gap with this outstanding two-volume work, which focuses on American race riots (African American and white) from the Civil War to the present. A foreword by the distinguished scholar Dominic J. Capeci Jr. places the American race riot in historical context. The preface that follows clearly defines purpose, audience, methodology, and organization. The body of the work consists of nearly 205 cross-referenced entries written by 80 scholars; each entry concludes with a section of "Further Readings." Discussions of specific riots obviously predominate, with expected related entries like the "Civil Rights Movement," "Martin Luther King, Jr.," "Lynching," "The NAACP," and "Al Sharpton" well-represented, as are less-expected entries like "Black Nadir," "Exodusters," "Niagara Movement," "Radio Free Dixie," and "White Capping." Special features include a chronology of American race riots and related events from 1863 through 2005, an impressive compilation of primary source documents, and an extensive bibliography of books, articles, and Web sites. This set is indispensable for academic libraries with a focus on ethnic studies, and is highly recommended for other academic libraries and large public libraries. Summing Up: Essential. Ethnic studies collections supporting upper-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers. M. C. Duhig Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
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Review by Booklist Review
The two-volume Encyclopedia of American Race Riots is part of the Greenwood Milestones in African American History series. The two editors are from Ohio State University, and both have published and lectured in the area of African American studies. Eighty scholars contributed to the work. Although people tend to think of racial issues being more prevalent in the South, this work shows that race riots and incidents have occurred in all parts of the U.S. Arranged alphabetically, the more than 260 entries deal with key incidents, individuals, organizations, concepts, themes, events, and trends associated with race riots in America. Particular emphasis is on the twentieth century and on white-black relations; however, other racial and ethnic groups, such as Asians and Hispanics, are included. Although the focus is primarily on race riots, related issues, such as lynching, urban riots, and assassinations, are also included. Entries average in length from 500 to 1,000 words, but discussions of specific riots tend to be longer. Cross-references are indicated in boldface within the text, and there are see also references at the end of entries. Selected readings also appear at the end of each entry. A ""Guide to Related Topics"" groups entries under 22 headings (e.g., ""Civil Rights Movement,"" ""Responses to Racial Violence""). A ""Chronology of American Race Riots and Racial Violence"" covers 1863 through September 2005. An extensive bibliography leads the reader to further information, and a detailed index provides additional access to the information contained in the set. Twenty-three primary documents include excerpts of reports and eyewitness accounts of racial violence. An excellent foreword gives a historical perspective of American race rioting. A ""Select Historiography of Race Riots"" describes scholarship on this topic. Black-and-white illustrations are scattered throughout the work. The set provides a more detailed look at race riots than resources on the broader topic of African American history. Written for both specialist and nonspecialist readers, it would be a good addition to academic and large public libraries.--Talley, Kaye Copyright 2007 Booklist
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Review by Library Journal Review
Edited by Rucker (history, Ohio State Univ.) and Upton (African American & African Studies, Ohio State Univ.), this two-volume encyclopedia is the fifth title in Greenwood's "Milestones in African American History" series. The set's 265 A-to-Z entries-including information regarding events, individuals, organizations, and movements, and written by 80 contributors-focus on race riots, although, as explained in the introduction, the set's broader focus is on white-black "racially motivated violence." A list of entries begins the set, as well as a handy guide to topics. However, neither of these tools includes corresponding entry page numbers. Most articles are about two pages long, though key topics are given more space (e.g., the desegregation article receives almost eight pages). Articles also contain lists for further reading and include bold-texted cross references. A smattering of black-and-white, half-page images is included. Over 20 relevant primary documents are grouped together at the end of the final volume. Bottom Line Smaller collections that already own Macmillan's Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History (LJ 6/01/06) need not purchase this set. However, since it does provide a thorough introduction to the topic, it is still recommended for larger public and academic collections.-Lura Sanborn, Ohrstrom Lib., St. Paul's Sch., NH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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