The five hundred years since Europeans made contact with the indigenous peoples of America have been dominated by racial and ethnic tensions. During the colonial period slavery and servitude of whites, blacks, and Indians formed the foundation for race and ethnic relations. After the American Revolution, slavery, labor inequalities, and immigration led to racial and ethnic tensions; after the Civil War, labor inequalities, immigration, and the fight for civil rights dominated America's racial and ethnic experience. Since the 1960s, the unfulfilled promise of civil rights for all ethnic and racial has been the most important sociopolitical issue in America. This riveting story spans pre-contact to the American Revolution; the American Revolution to the Civil War; Reconstruction to the Civil Rights Movement; and the Civil Rights Movement to the present. All volumes explore the culture, society, labor, war and politics, and cultural expressions of racial and ethnic groups.