The Black Family in the United States: A Revised, Updated, Selectively Annotated Bibliography

The Black Family in the United States: A Revised, Updated, Selectively Annotated Bibliography

The Black Family in the United States: A Revised, Updated, Selectively Annotated Bibliography

The Black Family in the United States: A Revised, Updated, Selectively Annotated Bibliography

Synopsis

"Scholars and practitioners with an interest in the black family will welcome this revised edition. It will be of great value in providing them with past and present thinking and research on the black family and, as such, it should suggest directions for future research and thinking on the black family in the United States. An added value is related to the fact that black family is not independent of the milieu of which it is a part; therefore, specific information on the black family has grater importance for knowledge of blacks and the larger American Society." Journal of Family Studies

Excerpt

This annotated bibliography is a revision of the one that I published in 1978. Since that time, a number of reports, books, pamphlets, articles, and essays on the Black family have been published. This updated book, like the earlier one, is primarily designed as a reference for those who want to know more about the Black family in the United States.

This book differs from the earlier one in many respects. One hundred references have been added to the section on Major Works. Twenty-one new sources were added to the section on General Works. Further, special attention was devoted to the section dealing with the "Black Family and Slavery." The previous bibliography listed eighteen books on the subject; this work discusses thirty-two. The previous book listed one hundred forty-four articles; this work discusses over two hundred seventy. Special attention was given to dissertations. The earlier book listed seventy-six; this bibliography over one hundred. This book includes several topics that were either not fully developed or not mentioned earlier: abortion, adoption, alcoholism, illegitimacy, aging, genocide, homosexuality, polygamy, prisons, public policy, racism, sterilization, stress, sickle cell disease, and military families. Some attention has been given to autobiographies and autobiographical works. These works give us insights into how Blacks felt about the larger community. These books tell of their achievements, aspirations, dreams, and hopes, of their pains, disappointments, and sufferings, and of racism in this country. They give us a more accurate understanding and appreciation of Black family members and their innermost feelings and thoughts. This book includes works published as recently as 1985. Because of the current proliferation of materials on the Black family, however, the user must consult various indexes to see what is presently available.

It must be stated that the compiler has attempted to discuss all aspects of the historical evolution of the Black family from Africa, through slavery, to contemporary times. Not only are the roles of the mother, father, children, and grandparents in Black families discussed, but their roles are compared to those in non-Black families.

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