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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.

African American Demographic Images
African American demographic images
Harriette PipesMcAdoo

The United States is growing more diverse. In 1990 people of color were 34.5% of the total population. By 2010, they will be 43% of the population. More people of color are being born, and the projected figures for births up through the year 2030 estimate that people of color will then be over half, or 52.6%, of the U.S. population. Of people of color, there were more Blacks until the early 2000s, and now Mexican Americans are the largest ethnic group (U.S. Bureau of the Census, 2000; Frey, quoted in American Demographics 2002).

The group we refer to as African Americans is composed of persons from three sources: descendants of enslaved Africans, immigrants and descendants from Africans ...

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