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Jeffrey Lehman, «Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America (3 Volume Set)»
Thomson Gale | ISBN: 0787639869 | 2nd Edition (February 2000) | 1974 pages | PDF | 20 Mb
The three volumes of this edition address 152 ethnic, ethnoreligious, and Native American cultures currently residing in the United States. The average essay length is 8,000 words, but ranges from slightly less than 3,000 to more than 20,000 words, depending on the amount of information available. Essays are arranged alphabetically by the most-commonly cited name for the group—although such terms as Sioux and Gypsy may be offensive to some members of the groups themselves, as noted in the essays.
Every essay in the first edition appears in the second edition of Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America, though some are in a different form. For example, the Lebanese Americans and Syrian Americans originally were covered in a single essay on Syrian/Lebanese Americans; in this book, they are separate entries. Additionally, the editors selected 50 more cultures based on the original volume’s two main criteria: size of the group according to 1990 U.S. Census data and the recommendations of the advisory board. The advisors chose groups likely to be studied in high school and college classrooms.
Because of the greater number of groups covered, some essays new to this edition are about groups that still have not established large enough populations to be much recognized outside of their immediate locations of settlement. This lower “visibility” means that few radio, television, or newspaper media report on events specific to very small minority groups. As a result, many of the essays are shorter in length.
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