Race Relations in the United States, 1900-1920

Race Relations in the United States, 1900-1920

Race Relations in the United States, 1900-1920

Race Relations in the United States, 1900-1920


Race relations loom large in the history of 20th century America. This five volume set encapsulates this turbulent century, with decade-by-decade coverage taking in all the key events, influential voices, legislation, cultural output and theories of inter-group interaction.


W.E.B. Du Bois, an influential African American civil rights activist, educator, and scholar, wrote in 1903 that “the problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line.” Although Du Bois spoke only of the situation affecting African Americans, we now know that the twentieth century brought issues to the fore that affected all of America’s racial and ethnic groups. It was a century that started with vicious attacks on blacks and other minority Americans as evident in the 1906 Atlanta race riot and included within its years substantial civil rights gains in legislation and public attitudes as revealed by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Everything that occurred took place during the time of two world wars, the Great Depression, the Cold War, the turbulent 1960s, the Civil Rights and Women’s movements, the rise of the Conservative movement, and the Persian Gulf and Iraqi wars.

The first volumes in the Race Relations in the United States series include coverage of significant events, influential voices, race relations history, legislation, media influences, culture, and theories of inter-group interactions that have been evident in the twentieth century and related to race. Each volume covers two decades and encapsulates the state of race relations by decade. A standard format is followed per decade, allowing comparison of topics through the century. Historians have written the topical essays in an encyclopedic style, to give students and general readers a concise, yet authoritative overview of race relations for the decade studied.

Coverage per decade includes a Timeline, Overview, Key Events, Voices of the Decade, Race Relations by Group, Law and Government, Media and Mass Communications, Cultural Scene, Influential Theories and Views on Race, and a Resource Guide. Furthermore, each volume contains an introduction for the two decades and a selected bibliography and index. Historical photos complement the set.

The volumes not only deal with African Americans, Native Americans, Latinos, and Asian Americans but also with religious entities such as Jewish . . .

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