Contributors sought for four-volume encyclopedia of Race and Ethnicity in the United States

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Call for Publications
June 30, 2016
United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, Chicana/o History / Studies, Immigration & Migration History / Studies, Native American History / Studies, Race Studies

ABC-Clio announces a new project in the history of race, ethnicity, and politics in North America. Race and Ethnicity in the United States: From Pre-Contact to the Present, is a four-volume work with about 700 entries and over 1,000,000 words to be published in 2018. The editor is Russell M. Lawson, Ph.D., Professor of History at Bacone College. Lawson has published several monographs and reference works with ABC-Clio, such as Science in the Ancient World: An Encyclopedia (2004); Poverty in America: An Encyclopedia (with Benjamin Lawson, 2008); and Encyclopedia of American Indian Issues Today (2013).

The editor solicits inquiries from potential contributors who would like to bring their expertise to this project. The encyclopedia will encompass Race and Ethnicity from Pre-Contact through the American Revolution (volume 1); Race and Ethnicity from Independence through the Civil War (volume 2); Race and Ethnicity from Reconstruction through the Civil Rights Movement (volume 3); and Race and Ethnicity from Post Civil Rights to the Present (volume 4).

Entries encompass significant events; people; places; phenomena; ideas; institutions; groups; social and cultural expressions; social, political, and labor movements; and wars and other conflicts. All important racial and ethnic groups over the course of American history will be included. Entries will be between 1000 and 3000 words, written in an objective, reference-book style (not polemical).  

ABC-Clio offers compensation for contributors in the form of very modest cash payments; “Clio dollars” to be used to purchase ABC-Clio products; or a set of the 4-volume encyclopedia.

If you are interested in contributing, or if you know someone who might be, please contact the editor, Russell Lawson, at or

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Russell M. Lawson, Professor of History, Bacone College: Editor

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