From Imagining to Understanding the African American Experience aids and encourages the reader to develop his/her "sociological imaginations" and to broaden their understanding of the "Sociology of the Black Experience," particularly in the United States' multicultural society.
From Imagining to Understanding the African American Experience:
- Provides a unique sociological exploration of the African American experience and how it has been specifically impacted by culprits such as slavery and racism.
- Because "race" still matters in the United States, every section of this book explores the sociological impact of slavery and racism on the experiences of black Americans.
- Provides a solid presentation of the different phases of the "Black Experience" in American society. As the book moves through each phase, beginning with the institution of slavery itself, it explores the impact of slavery and racism on major social institutions and social problems of black life (family, education, crime, etc.), right up to the present, to show how a life of slavery has impacted every aspect.
- Vividly describes being "BLACK" in America by discussing "the good, the bad, the ugly, and the magnificent" in the black culture.
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CHAPTER 1: SOCIOLOGY OF THE BLACK EXPERIENCE
Race Matters in America
Barriers to Positive Race Relations
Africa and Africans
CHAPTER 2: SLAVERY
CHAPTER 3: FROM CIVIL WAR TO CIVIL RIGHTS
The Post Civil War Period (Reconstruction): 1865-1877
CHAPTER 4: SOCIAL MOVEMENTS: CIVIL RIGHTS AND BLACK POWER
The Civil Rights Movement
The Black Power Movement
CHAPTER 5: CULTURE AND RELIGION
The Black Church Culture
CHAPTER 6: POLITICS AND THE MILITARY
CHAPTER 7: COMMUNITY: GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION, FAMILY, AND HEALTH
The Black Community and Geographical Location
The Black Family
Health in the Black Community
CHAPTER 8: SOCIAL CLASS, EDUCATION, AND EMPLOYMENT
The Talented Tenth and the Mis-education of the Negro
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
Current Status of Blacks and Education
Current Status of Blacks and Employment
"Icons" in the African American Educational Community
CHAPTER 9: ARTISTIC EXPRESSIONS, LITERARY WORKS, AND ENTERTAINMENT
On the Horizon in the Black Community
CHAPTER 10: "BLACK" IN AMERICA
Demographics of African Americans
Sociology of the Black Experience Revisited