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More than any other text, The African-American Odyssey illuminates the central place of African Americans in U.S. history – not only telling the story of what it has meant to be black in America, but also how African-American history is inseparably weaved into the greater context of American history and vice versa.
This updated edition brings the story up to 2008 and the historic election of the first African-American President of the United States, Barack Obama.
Told through a clear, direct, and flowing narrative by leading scholars in the field, The African-American Odyssey draws on recent research to present black history within broad social, cultural, and political frameworks. From Africa to the Twenty-First Century, this book follows their long, turbulent journey, including the rich culture that African Americans have nurtured throughout their history and the many-faceted quest for freedom in which African Americans have sought to counter oppression and racism. This text also recognizes the diversity within the African-American sphere – providing coverage of all class and of women and balancing the lives of ordinary men and women with the accounts and actions of black leaders and individuals.
12 The Meaning of Freedom: The Promise of Reconstruction, 1865–1868 258
13 The Meaning of Freedom: The Failure of Reconstruction, 284
Searching for Safe Spaces 306
14 White Supremacy Triumphant: African Americans in the South in the Late Nineteenth Century 308
15 Black Southerners Challenge White Supremacy 334
16 Conciliation, Agitation, and Migration: African Americans in the Early Twentieth Century 364
17 African Americans and the 1920s 400
The Great Depression and World War II 426
18 The Great Depression and The New Deal 428
19 Black Culture and Society in the 1930s and 1940s 454
20 The World War II Era and Seeds of a Revolution 480
The Black Revolution 510
21 The Freedom Movement, 1954—1965 512
22 The Struggle Continues, 1965—1980 542
23 Black Politics, White Backlash, 1980 to Present 576
24 African Americans in the New Millenium
Epilogue: “A Nation Within a Nation” 608