Though the word “sociology” was coined in Europe, the field of sociology grew most dramatically in America. Despite that disproportionate influence, American sociology has never been the subject of an extended historical examination. To remedy that situation—and to celebrate the centennial of the American Sociological Association—the author has assembled a team of sociologists to produce this book. Rather than a story of great sociologists or departments, it is a true history of an often-disparate field—and a considered look at the ways sociology developed intellectually and institutionally. The book explores the growth of American sociology as it addressed changes and challenges throughout the twentieth century, covering topics ranging from the discipline's intellectual roots to understandings (and misunderstandings) of race and gender to the impact of the Depression and the 1960s.