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Uneven Roads

Uneven Roads
An Introduction to U.S. Racial and Ethnic Politics

Third Edition

Other Titles in:
Minority Politics

April 2024 | 488 pages | CQ Press

Uneven Roads helps students grasp how, when, and why race and ethnicity matter in U.S. politics. Using the metaphor of a road, with twists, turns, and dead ends, this incisive text takes students on a journey to understanding political racialization and the roots of modern interpretations of race and ethnicity. The book’s structure and narrative are designed to encourage comparison and reflection. Students critically analyze the history and context of U.S. racial and ethnic politics to build the skills needed to draw their own conclusions.


In the Third Edition of this groundbreaking text, authors ShawDeSipioPinderhughesFrasure, and Travis bring the historical narrative to life by addressing the most contemporary debates and challenges affecting U.S. racial and ethnic politics. Students will explore important issues regarding voting rights, political representation, education and criminal justice policies, and the immigrant experience.

1 Introduction: Race as an Uneven Road
2 Native Americans: The Road From Majority to Minority, 1500s–1970s
3 The African American Political Journey, 1500s–1965
4 The Road Toward Contemporary Latino Politics, 1500s–1970s
5 Different and Common Asian American Roads, 1800s–1960s
6 Whiteness and the Shifting Roads of Immigrant America, 1780s–1960s
7 Voting Rights in American Life
8 Group Identity, Ideology, and Activism
9 Political Behavior and Representation: Minorities’ Growing Voice
10 Education and Criminal Justice Policies: Opportunity and Alienation
11 Immigration Policy: The Road to Settlement and Citizenship
12 Diasporic Politics and Foreign Affairs
13 Beyond Race: Intersections of Race, Gender, Class, and Sexual Orientation


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