A MUCH SHORTER, PRELIMINARY STATEMENT of the issues discussed in the first essay in this volume was published in my "Crisis of Gender Relations among Afro-Americans," in Race, Gender, and Power in America, ed. Anita Faye Hill and Emma Coleman Jordan ( New York: Oxford University Press, 1995), 56-104. "Broken Bloodlines" is a very different study. Not only have my views shifted significantly on many critical issues, but the present essay surveys matters not considered in the earlier piece and is based largely on original data only recently available that I analyzed myself, in contrast with the secondary source materials of the preliminary essay. Two paragraphs from articles published in Commentary Magazine and the Brookings Review were incorporated in the text.
I would like to thank the two research teams that kindly made available the data for the first essay:
Professor Edward O. Laumann of the University of Chicago was a gracious and generous colleague during my year as a visiting professor in his department. He not only made the NHSLS data set available to me as soon as I requested it, but provided me with valuable background information about the study over lunch and gave me access to his research team, members of whom were always helpful on the occasions that I sought clarification about the data. I would also like to thank the