This title examines one of the world's critical issues, racism. Readers will learn the historical background of this issue leading up to its current and future impact on society. Types of racism, including direct, economic, political, and institutional racism, and hate crimes are discussed in detail as well as the major developments in U.S. history and legislation that led to deep-seated racism. Also covered are notable milestones, legislation, and programs in the U.S. civil rights battle that work to end segregation, racial profiling, and other types of racism and ensure equal rights. Engaging text, informative sidebars, and color photographs present information realistically, leaving readers with a thorough, honest interpretation of racism. Features include a timeline, facts, additional resources, Web sites, a glossary, a bibliography, and an index. Essential Issues is a series in Essential Library, an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.