Special Issue "Why Race Matters: The Legacies and Presentation of Race Relations in American History"

A special issue of Genealogy (ISSN 2313-5778).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Brandon T. Jett
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Guest Editor
Department of Social Sciences, Florida South Western State College, Ft. Myers, FL 33919, USA
Interests: race relations; crime; criminal justice; policing; violence; southern history
Dr. Timothy Fritz
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Guest Editor
Department of History, Mount St. Mary's University, Emmitsburg, MD 21727, USA
Interests: history of race and religion; southern history; Atlantic world history

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

 Over the last year, the wider public has become increasingly interested in race relations in the United States. Much of this stems from the seemingly intractable problem of police shootings of unarmed African Americans. Still, as scholars have demonstrated over the last several decades, racism, white supremacy, and racial inequality have been endemic to American institutions, policies, and customs since the colonial period. African Americans and other racial and ethnic groups have systematically engaged with an inequitable system that white Americans explicitly and, at times, implicitly support and perpetuate. Gaps in understanding the intricacies and fluidity of race shape public perceptions of its impact across American history. While scholarship in the broad field of race relations in American history is robust, this volume will trace developments in the research, public understanding, and presentation of American race relations since emancipation in 1865. Our goal is to examine the myriad ways that race continues to shape American life, policies, institutions, and customs well after the end of slavery following the Civil War. At the same time, this volume will also explore how racially minoritized groups have navigated, worked through, and pushed back against the white supremacist structures that shaped so much of post-emancipation American history.

We request that, prior to submitting a manuscript, interested authors initially submit a proposed title and an abstract of 400–600 words summarizing their intended contribution. Please send it to the guest editors ([email protected] and [email protected]) or to the Genealogy Editorial Office ([email protected]). Abstracts will be reviewed by the guest editors for the purposes of ensuring proper fit within the scope of the Special Issue. Full manuscripts will undergo double-blind peer review.

Some potential areas of focus may include the following, although other submissions are welcome and encouraged:
  • Explorations into the effects of race relations on interpersonal relationships, such as marriage, friendship, employer/employee;
  • Research into race relations and identity;
  • Examinations of the connections between politics and race relations;
  • The connections between the criminal justice system and race relations;
  • Investigations into immigrations, assimilation, and race relations;
  • Studies tracing the impact of race relations on foreign policy;

The presentation of the history of race relations to public audiences.

Tentative completion schedule: 

  • Abstract submission deadline: August 31, 2021
  • Notification of abstract acceptance: September 15, 2021
  • Full manuscript deadline: December 31, 2021

Authors submitting to this special issue will not be charged any Article Processing Charges (APCs).

Dr. Brandon T. Jett
Dr. Timothy Fritz
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Genealogy is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Race Relations
  • Racism
  • U.S. History

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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