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Resources on Race: Non-Fiction and Memoir

To support the City of Saint Paul’s racial equity initiative, the library is building a list of books, poems, articles, films, blog posts, and other resources exploring race in the United States. Send your submissions to grow this city-wide resource.

Non-fiction & Memoir

Reading Lists

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library - available through the Electronic Library for Minnesota - includes:

The Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History covers all aspects of the African-American experience from 1619 to the present day. Using biographies, historical essays, and thematic pieces, many written by foremost scholars, it addresses a wide array of subjects in over 2,300 articles to define in one source the cultural roots, participation in American life, and current condition of the African-American community.

The Encyclopedia of Multicultural America includes 23 new ethnic groups and contains 152 revised ethnic entries on specific minority groups in the U.S., with an emphasis on culture (religions, holidays, customs, language) in addition to information on historical background and settlement patterns. The encyclopedia also covers ethnoreligious groups such as Jews, Chaldeans and Amish.