Following the success of its best-selling predecessors, the Fourth Edition of Harriette Pipes McAdoo's Black Families retains several now classic contributions while including updated versions of earlier chapters and many entirely new chapters. The goal through each revision of this core text has been to compile a book that focuses on positive dimensions of African American families. The book remains the most complete assessment of black families available in both depth and breadth of coverage. Cross-disciplinary in nature, the book boasts contributions from such fields as family studies, anthropology, education, psychology, social work, and public policy.

Historical Conceptualizations of Black Families
Historical conceptualizations of black families

John Hope Franklin, the person to whom this fourth edition is dedicated, presents a beautiful statement here of the experiences of African American families. He highlights the massive movements of enslaved individuals attempting to find their family members when slavery ended. Their families and the institution of the family were important to the enslaved, as is so clearly delineated here.

The work of Maulana Karenga and Tiamoyo Karenga is grounded in their inquiry into the quality of Black family members' lives and culture. The family stands at the middle of the authors' examination and mirrors the state of the people, community, and nation. According to these authors, the Nguzo Saba is the central source of the values ...

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