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A compelling story of agency, survival, struggle and triumph over adversity.

This text illuminates the central place of African Americans in U.S. history by telling the story of what it has meant to be black in America and how African-American history is inseparably woven into the greater context of American history. African Americans draws on recent research to present black history within broad social, cultural and political frameworks. From Africa to the 21st century, this book follows the long turbulent journey of African Americans, the rich culture they have nurtured throughout their history and the quest for freedom through which African Americans have sought to counter oppression and racism. This text also recognizes the diversity within the African-American sphere, providing coverage of class and gender and balancing the lives of ordinary men and women with accounts of black leaders.

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Editorial Reviews

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"…excellent for the college student, especially on the junior and senior levels."

-Damon L. Fordham, Springfield College

"…improved from its earlier edition …. The current one is more accessible because of its new layout. It is much brighter with chapter headings and sections in different colors and more color illustrations."

-Dr. Ronald Weisberger, Bristol Community College

"The greatest strengths are the breadth of coverage, the nice pictures and documents, and the concise conclusions to each chapter."

-Michelle Kuhl, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

"Overall, the narrative is a compact and concise summary of African American history."

-John A. Hardin, Western Kentucky University

"…surprisingly thorough for a small text."

-Christolyn Williams, Westchester Community College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205108862
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 7/25/2011
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Darlene Clark Hine

Darlene Clark Hine is a Board of Trustees professor of African-American studies and professor of history at Northwestern University. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a former president of the Organization of American Historians and of the Southern Historical Association. Hine received her B.A. at Roosevelt University in Chicago and her MA. and Ph.D. from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. Hine has taught at South Carolina State University and at Purdue University. She also taught at Michigan State University where she was John A. Hannah professor of history. She was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University and at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University. She is the author and/or co-editor of 15 books, most recently The Harvard Guide to African American History (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2000), co-edited with Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham and Leon Litwack. She co-edited a two-volume set with Earnestine Jenkins, A Question of Manhood: A Reader in Black Men’s History and Masculinity (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1999, 2001) and one with Jacqueline McLeod, Crossing Boundaries: Comparative History of Black People in Diaspora (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2000pk). With Kathleen Thompson she wrote A Shining Thread of Hope: The History of Black Women in America (New York: Broadway Books, 1998) and edited More Than Chattel: Black Women and Slavery in the Americas (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1996) with Barry Gaspar. She won the Dartmouth Medal of the American Library Association for the reference volumes co-edited with Elsa Barkley Brown and Rosalyn Terborg-Penn, Black Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia (New York: Carlson Publishing, 1993). She is the author of Black Women in White: Racial Conflict and Cooperation in the Nursing Profession, 1890–1950 (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1989). Her forthcoming book is entitled The Black Professional Class: Physicians, Nurses, Lawyers, and the Origins of the Civil Rights Movement, 1890–1955.

William C. Hine

William C. Hine received his undergraduate education at Bowling Green State University, his master’s degree at the University of Wyoming and his Ph.D. at Kent State University. He is a professor of history at South Carolina State University. He has had articles published in several journals, including Agricultural History, Labor History and the Journal of Southern History. He is currently writing a history of South Carolina State University.

Stanley Harrold

Stanley Harrold, a professor of history at South Carolina State University, received his bachelor’s degree from Allegheny College and his master’s degree and Ph.D. from Kent State University. He is co-editor of Southern Dissent, a book series published by the University Press of Florida. In 1991-1992 and 1996-1997 he had National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships. In 2005 he received an NEH Faculty Research Award. His books include: Gamaliel Bailey and Antislavery Union (Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 1986), The Abolitionists and the South (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1995), Antislavery Violence: Sectional, Racial, and Cultural Conflict in Antebellum America (co-edited with John R. McKivigan; Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1999), American Abolitionists (Harlow, U.K.: Longman, 2001), Subversives: Antislavery Community in Washington, D.C., 18280-1865 (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2003), The Rise of Aggressive Abolitionism: Addresses to the Slaves (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2004), Civil War and Reconstruction: A Documentary Reader (Oxford, U.K.: Blackwell, 2007) and Border War: Fighting over Slavery before the Civil War (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2010). He has published articles in Civil War History, Journal of Southern History, Radical History Review and Journal of the Early Republic.

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Table of Contents



About the Authors

Chapter 12: The Meaning of Freedom: The Promise of Reconstruction, 1865-1868

The End of Slavery


The Freedmen’s Bureau

Southern Homestead Act


The Black Church



The Crusade for Political and Civil Rights

Presidential Reconstruction under Andrew Johnson

Black Codes

Black Conventions

The Radical Republicans

The Fourteenth Amendment

Radical Reconstruction

The Reaction of White Southerners


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Chapter 13: The Meaning of Freedom: The Failure of Reconstruction, 1868-1877

Constitutional Conventions


Black Political Leaders

The Issues

Economic Issues

Black Politicians: An Evaluation

Republican Factionalism


The Fifteenth Amendment

The Enforcement Acts

The North Loses Interest

The Freedmen’s Bank

The Civil Rights Act of 1875

The End of Reconstruction


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Part IV: Searching for Safe Spaces

Chapter 14: White Supremacy Triumphant: African Americans in the South in the Late Nineteenth Century




Racial Etiquette



Black Farm Families

African Americans and Southern Courts


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Chapter 15: African Americans Challenge White Supremacy

Social Darwinism

Education and Schools

Church and Religion

Red versus Black: The Buffalo Soldiers

African Americans in the Navy

The Black Cowboys

The Spanish-American War

The Philippine Insurrection

African Americans and the World’s Columbian Exposition

Black Businesspeople and Entrepreneurs

African Americans and Labor

Black Professionals




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Chapter 16: Conciliation, Agitation, and Migration: African Americans in the Early Twentieth Century

Race and the Progressive Movement

Booker T. Washington’s Approach

W. E. B. Du Bois

The Niagara Movement


The Urban League

Black Women and the Club Movement

The Black Elite

African-American Inventors

Presidential Politics

Black Men and the Military in World War I

Race Riots

The Great Migration

Northern Communities



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Chapter 17: African Americans and the 1920s

Strikes and the Red Scare

Varieties of Racism

Protest, Pride, and Pan-Africanism: Black Organizations in the Twenties


The Harlem Renaissance

Harlem and the Jazz Age



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Part V: The Great Depression and World War II

Chapter 18: The Great Depression and the New Deal

The Cataclysm, 1929—1933

The Failure of Relief

African Americans and the New Deal

The Rise of Black Social Scientists

Black Protest During the Great Depression

Organized Labor and Black America

The Communist Party and African Americans

The Tuskegee Study


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Chapter 19: Black Culture and Society in the 1930s and 1940s

Black Culture in a Midwestern City

The Black Culture Industry and American Racism

The Music Culture from Swing to Bebop

Popular Culture for the Masses: Comic Strips, Radio, and the Movies

The Black Chicago Renaissance

Black Graphic Art

Black Literature

African Americans in Sports

Black Religious Culture


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Chapter 20: The World War II Era and Seeds of a Revolution

On the Eve of War, 1936—1941

Race and the U.S. Armed Forces

Black People on the Home Front

The Transition to Peace

The Cold War and International Politics


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Part VI: The Black Revolution

Chapter 21: The Freedom Movement, 1954-1965

The 1950s: Prosperity and Prejudice

The Road to Brown

Brown II

New Forms of Protest: The Montgomery Bus Boycott

No Easy Road to Freedom: 1957—1960

Black Youth Stand Up by Sitting Down

A Sight to be Seen: The Movement at High Tide

The Albany Movement

The Birmingham Confrontation

A Hard Victory


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Chapter 22: The Struggle Continues, 1965-1980

The Fading Dream of Racial Integration: White Backlash and Black Nationalism

The Black Panther Party

The Inner-City Rebellions

Difficulties in Creating the Great Society

Johnson and the War in Vietnam

Johnson: Vietnam Destroys the Great Society

King: Searching for a New Strategy

The Black Arts Movement and Black Consciousness

The Second Phase of the Black Student Movement

The Election of 1968

The Nixon Presidency

The Rise of Black Elected Officials

Economic Downturn

Black Americans and the Carter Presidency


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Chapter 23: African Americans at the New Millennium

Progress and Poverty: Income, Education, and Health

The Persistence of Black Poverty

African Americans at The Center Of Art And Culture

Black Religion at the Dawn of the Millennium

Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam

Millennium Marches

Complicating Black Identity in the Twenty-First Century


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Chapter 24: The Triumphs of Black Politics, 1980 to Present

Ronald Reagan and the Conservative Reaction

Black Political Activism in the Age of Conservative Reaction

Jesse Jackson and the Rainbow Coalition

Policing the Black Community

The Clinton Presidency

Black Politics in the New Millennium: The Contested 2000 Presidential Election

Republican Triumph

The 2004 Presidential Election

Barack Obama: President of the United States


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Glossary of Key Terms and Concepts



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