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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.

Family First, Then the World: The “Know-it-all” Aunt and Her Three Nephews
Family first, then the world: The “know-it-all” aunt and her three nephews
Darlene ClarkHine

The Black family in all of its myriad configurations across oceans of time and space has been and remains the foundation upon which African Americans have struggled, survived, and transcended the oppression and exploitation of enslavement and second-class citizenship in America. Using all of the creativity and cunning born of history and experience, African Americans fashioned extended families composed of fictive kin and blood relations. Through the medium of their families they transmitted to future generations critical religious values, customary practices, and essential knowledge that affirmed their humanity in a world that has, as W. E. B. Du Bois wrote in ...

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