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Race and Racial Studies

Welcome to the Seton Hall University Libraries Study of Race and Racial Studies research guide. Since the eras, events, individuals and facets of historical development within the course of society building are many and varied, this is not a comprehensive list of resources, but rather a starting point on your personal path to discovery. This guide is inter-disciplinary in focus and covers various aspects of racial definitions, relations, and other points of information related to this study area. 

The following is the definition of "Race"taken from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary - <http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/race>

Definition of RACE for Students

  1. 1:  any one of the groups that human beings can be divided into based on shared distinctive physical traits

  2. 2:  a group of individuals who share a common culture or history <the English race>

  3. 3<the human race>

The following is the definition of "Race"taken from the Encyclopedia Britannica - <https://www.britannica.com/topic/race-human>

RACEthe idea that the human species is divided into distinct groups on the basis of inherited physical and behavioral differences. Genetic studies in the late 20th century refuted the existence of biogenetically distinct races, and scholars now argue that “races” are cultural interventions reflecting specific attitudes and beliefs that were imposed on different populations in the wake of western European conquests beginning in the 15th century.