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American Ethnic Studies: Books & eBooks

Resources for beginning research in American Ethnic Studies.

Selected eBooks

Conviction: The Making and Unmaking of the Violent Brain
Displacing Kinship : The Intimacies of Intergenerational Trauma in Vietnamese American Cultural Production
The Ocean in the School: Pacific Islander Students Transforming Their University
The Terror of the Machine : Technology, Work, Gender, and Ecology on the U.S.-Mexico Border
Real Folks: Race and Genre in the Great Depression
book cover: Mexican-Origin Foods, Foodways, and Social Movements: A Decolonial Reader
Judgment Without Trial: Japanese American Imprisonment During World War II
And the View from the Shore: Literary Traditions of Hawai'i
Pregnant While Black: Advancing Justice for Maternal Health in America
Civic Engagement of Asian American Student Leaders
Racist, Not Racist, Antiracist : Language and the Dynamic Disaster of American Racism
Chicano-Chicana Americana : Pop Culture Pluralism Starring Anthony Quinn, Katy Jurado, Robert Beltran, and Lupe Ontiveros
Before Gentrification : The Creation of DC's Racial Wealth Gap
Intimate Strangers : Shin Issei Women and Contemporary Japanese American Community, 1980-2020
Race, Representation, and Satire
The Labyrinth of Multitude and Other Reality Checks on Being Latino/x
Affirmative Action and Black Student Success
African Immigrants and the American Experience : Race, Anti-Black Violence, and the Quest for the American Dream
book cover: Building a Latino Civil Rights Movement: Puerto Ricans, African Americans, and the Pursuit of Racial Justice in New York City

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eBook Collections

 Additional collections of eBooks can be found on eBook Collections guide. The following collections are useful for American Ethnic Studies topics.

Finding Books Beyond the UW

If you can't find the books you need at the UW or through our Summit partner libraries (Summit material can be found in UW Libraries Search), use the following catalogs. Books not available at the UW can be requested through Interlibrary Loan

Browsing Books on Ethnic Studies

The UW Libraries arranges books by Library of Congress call numbers. Though American Ethnic Studies is covered in under various subjects (e.g., there will be books on African Americans in the call numbers for women's studies, sociology, political science, etc.) the major section for American Ethnic Studies is listed below.

E184 American ethnic history Suzzallo 3

For a more specific breakdown of the call numbers see the Library of Congress Classification Online.