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By Leanor Boulin Johnson

This up to date version of the vintage ebook Black households on the Crossroads, bargains a accomplished exam of the varied and intricate matters surrounding Black households. Leanor Boulin Johnson and Robert Staples mix greater than sixty years of writing and learn on Black households to supply insights into the pre-slavery improvement of the Black heart category, inner procedures that impact all category strata between Black American households, the effect of race on smooth Black immigrant households, the interplay of exterior forces and inner norms at every one level of the Black relatives lifestyles cycle, and public regulations that offer demanding situations and promising customers for the ongoing resilience of the Black family members as an American establishment. This completely revised variation positive aspects new learn, together with empirical reviews and theoretical functions, and a overview of important social polices and monetary alterations some time past decade and their influence on Black households.

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What was important, then, was not whether the husband or wife worked, but the family’s will to survive in an era when Blacks were systematically deprived of educational and work opportunities. Despite these obstacles, Black families achieved a level of stability based on role integration. Males shared equally in the rearing of children; women participated in the defense of the family. A system where the family disintegrates due to the loss of one member would be in opposition to the traditional principles of unity that defined the African family (Krech, 1982).

And even inquiring about some fundamental presuppositions which underlie and color so much of their work” (p. E-l). The fact must be accepted that the Black family cannot be explained by the use of normative historical methods. For the most part, history has been a traditionalist science operating with the acceptance of the status quo models. What this means is that the traditional approach to the study of Black family life has been to define the history of Black American family behavior on the basis of standards set by the White community—not by the White community in general, but by White middle-class people in particular.

As a result, the frequency of sex- History as Fact and Fiction ual relations between Black slaves and indentured White women was fairly high. Some of these interracial relationships were more than casual contacts and ended in marriage. The intermarriage rate between male slaves and free White women increased to the extent that laws against them were passed as a prohibitive measure. Before the alarm over the rate of intermarriages, male slaves were encouraged to marry White women, since the children from such unions were also slaves, thereby increasing the property of the slave master (Stember, 1976).

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