This one-volume, comprehensive overview of African American history brings together original essays by some of the foremost authorities in the field. Arranged both thematically and chronologically, these papers discuss a wide range of topics - from the Middle Passage to the Civil Rights Movement; from abolition to the Great Migration; from issues in religion, class and family to literature, education and politics.
William R. Scott is Professor of History and Director of the African-American Studies Program at Lehigh University. He is author of The Sons of Sheba's Race: African Americans and the Italo-Ethiopian War (1993). William G. Shade is Director of the American Studies Program at Lehigh University and Co-Director of the Gipson Institute for Eighteenth-Century Studies. He is author of Democratizing the Old Dominion (1996) and co-editor, with Sandy Maisel, of Parties and Politics in American History (1994).
"Beginning with the horrors of the Middle Passage and following African American history through to modern topcis of post-Civil Rights politics, this volume provides an overview of the African American Experience. 23 historians offer a variety of perspectives on topics sucha as urbanization, religion, family life, class literature, music, and education in articles covering slavery, Reconstruction, the formation of black identity and culture, and the Civil Rights movement."
"...a collection of essays by top scholars that makes compelling reading for anyone." -- Morning Call