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With particular focus on social issues, the more than 700 alphabetically arranged articles here seek to provide readers with background information on the history & place of African Americans in this country's cultural & economic matrix. Entries encompass subjects as the origins of slavery or the course of the Civil Rights movement down to discussions of the "Cakewalk,"& hip-hop's "Zulu Nation.".
Essays on specific culture groups in the U. S., emphasizing religions, holidays, customs, languages and providing information on historical background and settlement patterns. Also covers ethnoreligious groups such as Jews, Chaldean, Amish, etc.