Black Families at the Crossroads: Challenges and Prospects by Leanor Boulin Johnson

By Leanor Boulin Johnson

This up-to-date variation of the vintage e-book Black households on the Crossroads, bargains a accomplished exam of the varied and complicated concerns surrounding Black households. Leanor Boulin Johnson and Robert Staples mix greater than sixty years of writing and examine on Black households to provide insights into the pre-slavery improvement of the Black heart type, inner procedures that impact all classification strata between Black American households, the impression of race on glossy Black immigrant households, the interplay of exterior forces and inner norms at every one level of the Black relations lifestyles cycle, and public guidelines that offer demanding situations and promising clients for the continued resilience of the Black kinfolk as an American establishment. This completely revised version positive aspects new study, including¾empirical and theoretical stories, and a evaluation of important social polices and monetary adjustments long ago decade and their effect on Black households.

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Since the children were the master’s property and did not belong to the parents, slave women frequently were breeding instruments for children who were later sold. During this period of slavery, the Black woman’s body was forcibly subjected to the carnal desires of any male who took a fancy to her, including slave masters, overseers, their sons, or any male slave. If she was permitted a husband, he was not allowed to protect her. Essentially she was left defenseless against sexual onslaught by other males on the plantation.

Taken from the deep interiors of Africa, the later generations of transported slaves were linguistically isolated and deskilled by the process of enslavement, and they suffered enormous psychological and physical degradation. The depth of their dehumanization is best understood in the light of the flourishing civilization they left behind—societies with mores and folkways for regulating the behavior of their members, communication systems, and an extensive network of trade relations throughout the African con- 5 6 BLACK FAMILIES AT THE CROSSROADS tinent.

As of the 1990s, there ceased to be a clear-cut racial division in the study of some aspects of Black history. Many of the corrective historical studies were undertaken by White historians such as Berlin History as Fact and Fiction (1998, 2003), Gutman (1976), and Genovese (1974). However, with the exception of the work of the White anthropologist Herskovits (1941), their research did not change until America’s racial climate changed. This fact led novelist and author-historian Chancellor Williams (quoted in Toure, 1991) to assert, “There are two widely different schools of scholarship.

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