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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.

A Portrait of Inequality
A portrait of inequality
Marian WrightEdelman

A Black child still lacks a fair chance to live, learn, thrive, and contribute in America. A Black baby is almost three times as likely to be born to a mother who has had no prenatal care. A Black infant is more than twice as likely as a White infant to die during the first year of life. The Black infant mortality rate in 2001 was about the same as the White infant mortality rate in 1975.

Black children have more than three times as many newly detected tuberculosis cases as White children, and three-and-a-half times as many cases of pediatric AIDS. Black teenagers die from asthma at four times the rate of White teenagers, and older Black ...

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