For decades social movements have worked to advocate for, secure, and protect the rights of minorities and other marginalized groups. The recovery and dissemination of historical memory has become an important part of efforts to explore and understand any particular group’s successes, failures, and challenges, and lesser-known peoples, places and events are often brought to the forefront as more and more research about them takes place. Nationally, the establishment of institutions such as the African Burial Ground National Monument, the Stonewall National Monument, and the Indian Memorial at Little Bighorn have become emblematic of past human rights failures, but many places, events and figures associated with minority rights are still not widely-known and remain outside of mainstream America’s collective cultural knowledge. Efforts to recover and document their “forgotten histories” can help form a better understanding of American life and culture.
To help construct a more complete record of a forgotten or disadvantaged community (as you define it), identify a significant and relatively unknown event, establishment, organization, environmental or health crisis, or figure associated with minority rights that your group believes should be more familiar to the general public, either in Wisconsin or on the national scale. Research the people, places, events, and issues relevant to your topic, analyze them, and propose innovative ways to mitigate the conflicts you discover. You may choose to work on contemporary or historical topics as you see fit, but keep in mind the “problem solving” nature of the assignment. As you develop your project, be sure to contact and interview people, organizations, and pertinent groups so you can incorporate their insights.
Reference resources provide a starting point for your research projects.
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Books from Lane Library
The books in this list are located either in the Franzen Center on Floor 3A or as an e-book.
- Transgender history : the roots of today’s revolution / HQ77.9 .S77 2017
- Others of my kind : transatlantic transgender histories / HQ77.9 .B35 2020
- Translating a tradition : studies in American Jewish history / e-book
- History, memory, and jewish identity / e-book
- American Jewish History : a Primary Source Reader / e-book
- Transnational traditions : new perspectives on American Jewish history / e-book
- The Roma : a minority in Europe : historical, political and social perspectives / DX145.R586 2007
- LGBTQ in the 21st century / HQ76.3. U5 L43 2017
- Beyond the politics of the closet : gay rights and the American state since the 1970s / e-book
- A queer history of the United States / HQ76.3.U5 B696 2011
- Critical disability theory : essays in philosophy, politics, policy, and law / e-book
- Women with visible and invisible disabilities : multiple intersections, multiple issues, multiple therapies / e-book
- Disability, gender, and the trajectories of power / e-book
- Arab & Arab American feminisms : gender, violence, & belonging / e-book
- Not quite American? : the shaping of Arab and Muslim identity in the United States / e-book
- Al’ America : travels through America’s Arab and Islamic roots / E169.1.C853 A53 2008
- Asian/American : historical crossings of a racial frontier / E184.O6 P26 1999
- Race, rights, and the Asian American experience / e-book
- African American history / e-book
- Encyclopedia of African American history, 1896 to the present : from the age of segregation to the twenty-first century / E185.E5453 2009 v.1-5
- An African American and Latinx history of the United States / E184.S75 O79 2018
- A history of the Mexican-American people / e-book
- The Chicanos; a history of Mexican Americans / E184.M5 M45
Search terms for additional books in Lane Library’s catalog:
- Jews–United States–History
- Gender nonconformity
- Gender identity
- Transgender people
- Sexual Minorities
- Asian Americans
- People with disabilities
- Arab Americans
- African Americans
- Mexican Americans
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Government Sources, Statistics, and Websites
Administration for Native Americans
The Administration for Native Americans promotes self-sufficiency and cultural preservation for Native Americans by providing social and economic development opportunities through financial assistance, training, and technical assistance.
The mission of the Bureau of Indian Affairs is to enhance the quality of life, to promote economic opportunity, and to carry out the responsibility to protect and improve the trust assets of American Indians, Indian tribes, and Alaska Natives.
Civil Rights Division, Department of Justice
The Civil Rights Division is responsible for enforcing federal statutes that prohibit discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, disability or national origin.
U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is responsible for processing immigration and naturalization applications and establishing policies regarding immigration services.
- CIA World Factbook : Background information on each country in the world
- Gallup polls : Polls on a variety of topics by a trusted organization
- Proquest Statistical Abstract : Statistics from federal agencies
- World Almanac : Collection of statistics and rankings