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Hate crimes : a reference handbook
Altschiller, Donald.
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Denver, Colo. : ABC-CLIO, 1999.
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xi, 204 pages ; 24 cm.
Introduction -- Some major targeted groups -- History of hate crime legislation -- Critics of hate crime laws -- Chronology -- Biographical sketches -- Statistics and documents -- Directory of organizations -- Print and nonprint resources.
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How are hate crimes different from other crimes committed against individuals? Should the legal penalties be harsher? These questions and many more are explored in Hate Crimes , the first reference source on this important topic.

This volume includes an overview of legislation, statistics on hate crimes, and biographies of individuals combating violent extremist activities. A historical survey of the main targets of hate crimes--gays and lesbians, Jews, African Americans, and Asian Americans--is also featured.

Author Notes

Donald Altschiller is a librarian at Boston University, Boston, MA and a reviewer of reference books for library journals.

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Booklist Review

More titles in the Contemporary World Issues series, providing useful background information for researchers at the high-school level and up.

Library Journal Review

ABC-CLIO has released three new titles in its "Contemporary World Issues" reference series. First published in 1999, Hate Crimes, by librarian and LJ reviewer Altschiller (Mugar Memorial Lib., Boston Univ.), is an authoritative source on the history and nature of these crimes. It includes an introductory essay, narrative chapters, chronologies, lists of resources, and surveys. Also provided is an updated chronology of major incidents in the United States from the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement to the present. A new chapter, on hate crimes worldwide, has been added as well as a review of 9/11-related incidents. There are alphabetically arranged sketches of human rights activists and organizations; current official statistics on hate crimes; a directory of organizations that monitor hate crimes and extremist and violent hate groups and try to foster interethnic and interreligious harmony; and two highly informative chapters on print and nonprint resources for further study. In this concise review of cult controversies since the early 1970s, first published as Cults in America in 1998, Lewis (religious studies, Univ. of Wisconsin, Milwaukee) offers 40 percent new material, mainly regarding alternative religions and violence. It includes the Jonestown murder/suicides in 1978, the Solar Temple slayings in 1995, and the Falun Gong cultists in China. Among the topics covered are a chronology of groups and movements; court decisions, legislation and governmental actions; worldwide statistics and data on cults; biographical sketches of some of the core figures involved; and a list of academic organizations and web sites dedicated to cults and the corresponding issues. In Punishment in America, Banks (criminal justice, Northern Arizona Univ.) provides essential facts, analyses, and expert opinions on the critical issues related to crime and punishment. Chapter topics include an introductory history of punishment in America; the problems and controversies (e.g., the "war on drugs") and solutions (e.g., boot camps); a worldwide comparison of crime and punishment; a chronological review of important events in the history of punishment (thus reflecting the ebb and flow of societal movements); biographical sketches of leading proponents of punishment (e.g., Cesare Beccaria and Alexis de Tocqueville); useful statistical information about punishment in America and elsewhere; a list of agencies and organizations related to punishment and penal reform; and print and nonprint resources relevant to penal issues. Bottom Line All three reference books are a bargain at these prices and are also available in eBook format [Hate Crimes, eBook ISBN 1-851098-629-9; Cults, eBook ISBN 1-85109-623-X; Punishment in America, eBook ISBN 1-85109-681-7]. Hate Crimes is a particularly outstanding reference book. Recommended for all libraries.-Tim Delaney, SUNY at Oswego (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

A unique resource for students, lawyers, scholars, journalists, and researchers concerned about hate crime in the US, this handbook provides biographies of specialists concerned with hate crime, including Steven Emerson, James B. Jacobs, Mark Potok, Floyd Cochran, Lu-In Wang, and eight others, all specialists dealing with the full spectrum of hate crime. It also contains a selective 55-page bibliography of print and nonprint resources (many annotated) and a chapter that summarizes government and nongovernment publications dealing with a multiplicity of hate crime issues. Chapter 2 is a chronology of various hate crimes committed between 1955 and 1999. Following the introduction is a helpful and informative list of organizations the compiler identifies with hate crime activities and a brief, selected, annotated collection of hate crime legislation. Very useful for researchers and activists in the arena of hate crime but also appropriate for general readers. E. W. Webking; University of Lethbridge

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
1 Introductionp. 1
History of Hate Crimes Legislationp. 2
Hate Crimes Statistics Actp. 4
Hate Crimes Sentencing Enhancement Actp. 5
Violence against Women Act of 1994 (VAWA)p. 5
Church Arson Prevention Act (18 U.S. Code 247)p. 6
Local Law Enforcement Enhancement Actp. 7
Executive Branchp. 7
U.S. Supreme Court Decisionsp. 8
Hate Crimes Legislation at the State Levelp. 11
Critics of Hate Crime Lawsp. 12
Conclusionsp. 13
Recent Hate Crimesp. 14
Some Major Targeted Groupsp. 14
African Americansp. 15
Asian Americansp. 17
Jewish Americansp. 21
Gay Men, Lesbians, and Transgendered Peoplep. 26
Arab Americans and Muslim Americansp. 31
Referencesp. 36
2 Hate Crimes around the Worldp. 39
Gays and Lesbiansp. 40
Jewsp. 47
Referencesp. 52
3 Chronologyp. 53
4 Biographical Sketchesp. 87
Zainab Al-Suwaij (1971-)p. 87
Chip Berlet (1949-)p. 88
Kathleen M. Blee (1953-)p. 89
Floyd Cochran (1956-)p. 90
Rabbi Abraham Cooper (1950-)p. 91
Morris S. Dees (1936-)p. 91
Steven Emerson (1954-)p. 92
Gregory Herek (1954-)p. 93
James B. Jacobs (1947-)p. 93
Valerie Jenness (1963-)p. 94
Brian Levin (1963-)p. 94
Jack Levin (1941-)p. 95
Daniel Levitas (1960-)p. 95
Mark Potok (1955-)p. 96
Kenneth Stern (1953-)p. 96
Lu-in Wang (1962-)p. 97
Bill Wassmuth (1941-2001)p. 98
5 Documents and Reportsp. 101
Statistics on Hate Crimesp. 101
"Incidents and Offenses,"p. 101
Training Law Enforcement to Combat Hate Crimesp. 107
"Responding to Hate Crimes: A Police Officer's Guide to Investigation and Prevention,"p. 107
Hate Crimes on Campus: A Growing Problemp. 115
"Responding to Hate Crimes and Bias-Motivated Incidents on College/University Campuses,"p. 116
Additional Methods of Combating Campus Hate Crimesp. 133
"Hate Crimes on Campus: The Problem and Efforts to Confront It,"p. 134
The Growing Problem of Hate on the Webp. 147
"Investigating Hate Crimes on the Internet,"p. 148
6 Directory of Organizationsp. 163
7 Print Resourcesp. 173
Booksp. 173
Articlesp. 186
Reportsp. 198
8 Nonprint Resourcesp. 213
Antibias Videosp. 219
Internet and the World Wide Webp. 222