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By Leanor Boulin Johnson

This up to date variation of the vintage e-book Black households on the Crossroads, bargains a finished 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 classification, inner strategies that impact all category strata between Black American households, the influence of race on sleek Black immigrant households, the interplay of exterior forces and inner norms at each one level of the Black relatives lifestyles cycle, and public regulations that offer demanding situations and promising clients for the ongoing resilience of the Black relatives as an American establishment. This completely revised version gains new study, including¾empirical and theoretical reviews, and a overview of vital social polices and fiscal alterations long ago decade and their impression on Black households.

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Hence, this is the origin of her two-pronged burden, which has been mislabeled a matriarchy (Collins, 1990; White, 1985). In reality, both male and female slaves’ dependent status limited the amount of protection that they could provide. Nevertheless, within the restraints of their dependency, they defended their family as best they could, often at enormous risk to themselves (Malone, 1992). The Historical Debate Among other topics, the growing literature on Black families has focused on the impact of slavery on Black families.

S. 1 History as Fact and Fiction A s an institution, the Black family continues to be a subject of intense and controversial public concern. This interest is generated in part by the lack of consensus on what its form and function should be. The controversy is heightened by the way scholars have depicted the Black family in the past and by an ongoing debate over how the family history of Blacks relates to their current situation. Before examining developments in earlier periods, it is necessary to place some parameters around this historical review.

In African communities, marriage was not just a matter between individuals but the concern of all family members. ” As a result of this community control of marriages, the dissolution of a marriage was a drastic action and used only as a last resort. Most marriages involved the payment of a bride-price by the husband’s family to compensate her family for the loss of her services and to guarantee her good treatment. This was not the purchase of a woman who became her husband’s property. After marriage, a woman remained a member of her own family, since they retained a sincere interest in her well-being (Sudarkasa, 1981).

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