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World History by Topic: Race & Ethnicity

What's on This Page?

In the boxes on this page, you will find links and citations to information resources on race & ethnicity in history.

For advice on finding books on your topic, see the 'How to Find Books' tab of the World History (generally) research guide.

Race & Ethnicity in History

Encyclopedia of diversity and social justice
[online resource; UCSB IP addresses only]
Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015.

Encyclopedia of race and ethnic studies
[online resource; UCSB IP addresses only]
London; New York: Routledge, 2004.

Encyclopedia of race and racism
[online resource; UCSB IP addresses only]
Detroit, Mich.: Macmillan Reference USA, 2013.

Encyclopedia of race, ethnicity, and society
[online resource; UCSB IP addresses only]
Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 2008.

International encyclopedia of the social & behavioral sciences
[online resource; UCSB IP addresses only]
Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2015.


Additional Reference Sources for World History by Topic (Race & Ethnicity):

Additional encyclopedias are listed on the United States History research guide, under the "Reference Sources" → "Encyclopedias & Dictionaries" tab.

Additional encyclopedias are listed on the World History (generally) research guide, under the "Reference Sources" → "Encyclopedias & Dictionaries" tab.

Additional encyclopedias are listed on the World History by Period research guide, under the "Prehistory & Ancient" tab, the "Medieval History" tab, etc.

Additional encyclopedias are listed on the World History by Region research guide, under the "Africa" tab, the "Asia" tab, etc. 

Additional encyclopedias are listed on the World History by Topic research guide, under the "Commerce, Commodities & Material Culture" tab, the "Empires, Borderlands & their Legacies" tab, etc.

Primary sources provide immediate, firsthand testimony or direct evidence concerning an event or topic.

Examples of primary sources include letters and diaries; photographs, audio and motion picture recordings; transcribed speeches; books, newspapers and magazines published during the period under consideration; government documents and other publications; oral histories, autobiographies and memoirs; and even artifacts, like clothing, furniture, and other items of material culture from the period.

African American Women Writers of the 19th Century.
A digital collection of some 52 published works by 19th-century black women writers, from the digital collections of the New York Public Library.

Ripley, C. Peter. The Black abolitionist papers.
Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1985-1992.
- Black Studies E449 .B624 1985 v.1-4

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
The New York Public Library's Schomburg Center is one of the world’s leading cultural institutions devoted to the research, preservation, and exhibition of materials focused on African American, African Diaspora, and African experiences.

Slave Movement During the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
University of Wisconsin, Madison: On-Line Data Archive.
An archive of raw data and documentation on selected aspects of the history of the transatlantic slave trade that is downloadable, with free registration.

Slave Voyages project. 
Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database: Records of voyages of slaving expeditions between 1514 and 1866, drawn from archives and libraries throughout the Atlantic world. Intra-American Slave Trade Database: Information on approximately 10,000 slave voyages within the Americas. African Names Database: Provides personal details of 91,491 Africans taken from captured slave ships or from African trading sites.

Links and citations to additional sources of information on the history of race and ethnicity might be found on the UCSB Library research guides for:

• Asian American Studies 

• Black Studies

• Chicana/o Studies 

• Chinese Studies 

• East Asian Studies 

• Japanese Studies 

• Jewish Studies 

• Latin American & Iberian Studies 

• Middle East Studies 

• Native American Studies 

• Taiwan Studies 


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