By Leanor Boulin Johnson
This up to date version of the vintage e-book Black households on the Crossroads, deals 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 examine on Black households to supply insights into the pre-slavery improvement of the Black center classification, inner tactics that impact all classification strata between Black American households, the influence of race on smooth Black immigrant households, the interplay of exterior forces and inner norms at every one degree of the Black kinfolk lifestyles cycle, and public rules that supply demanding situations and promising clients for the ongoing resilience of the Black relatives as an American establishment. This completely revised variation positive aspects new examine, including¾empirical and theoretical stories, and a evaluate of vital social polices and fiscal alterations some time past decade and their effect on Black households.
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Before examining developments in earlier periods, it is necessary to place some parameters around this historical review. The areas of interest are the precolonial era in sub-Saharan Africa, slavery in general, and the various views on the impact of slavery on Black family life. The Preslavery Period There are several historical periods of interest in tracing the background of Black family life in the United States. One era is the precolonial period on the African continent, where the Black American population originated.
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). In attempting to get an accurate description of the family life of slaves, one has to sift through a conﬂicting array of opinions on the subject. Scholarly contradictions partially stemmed from historians’ using their ﬁndings from a particular region as typical of slavery across time and place.
And it was his inability to protect his wife from the physical and sexual abuse of the master that most pained him. 15 16 BLACK FAMILIES AT THE CROSSROADS Yet few tried, since the consequences were often fatal. Nevertheless, it is signiﬁcant that tales of their intervention occur frequently in the slave narratives. There is one story of a slave who could no longer tolerate the humiliation of his wife’s sexual abuse by the master before his eyes. He choked him to death with the knowledge that it meant his own death (Absug, 1971).