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A compelling story of agency, survival, struggle and triumph over adversity


More than any other text, The African-American Odyssey illuminates the central place of African-Americans in U.S. history by telling the story of what it has meant to be black in America and how African-American history is inseparably woven into the greater context of American history. From Africa to the 21st century, this book follows the long and turbulent journey of African-Americans, the rich culture they have nurtured throughout their history and the quest for freedom through which African-Americans have sought to counter oppression and racism. This text also recognizes the diversity within the African-American sphere, providing coverage of class and gender and balancing the lives of ordinary men and women with accounts of black leaders and the impact each has had on the struggle for freedom.


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Author Biography

Darlene Clark Hine is a Board of Trustees professor of African-American studies and professor of history at Northwestern University. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a former president of the Organization of American Historians and of the Southern Historical Association. Hine received her B.A. at Roosevelt University in Chicago and her MA. and Ph.D. from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. Hine has taught at South Carolina State University and at Purdue University. She also taught at Michigan State University where she was John A. Hannah professor of history. She was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University and at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University. She is the author and/or co-editor of 15 books, most recently The Harvard Guide to African American History (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2000), co-edited with Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham and Leon Litwack. She co-edited a two-volume set with Earnestine Jenkins, A Question of Manhood: A Reader in Black Men’s History and Masculinity (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1999, 2001) and one with Jacqueline McLeod, Crossing Boundaries: Comparative History of Black People in Diaspora (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2000pk). With Kathleen Thompson she wrote A Shining Thread of Hope: The History of Black Women in America (New York: Broadway Books, 1998) and edited More Than Chattel: Black Women and Slavery in the Americas (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1996) with Barry Gaspar. She won the Dartmouth Medal of the American Library Association for the reference volumes co-edited with Elsa Barkley Brown and Rosalyn Terborg-Penn, Black Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia (New York: Carlson Publishing, 1993). She is the author of Black Women in White: Racial Conflict and Cooperation in the Nursing Profession, 1890–1950 (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1989). Her forthcoming book is entitled The Black Professional Class: Physicians, Nurses, Lawyers, and the Origins of the Civil Rights Movement, 1890–1955.


William C. Hine received his undergraduate education at Bowling Green State University, his master’s degree at the University of Wyoming and his Ph.D. at Kent State University. He is a professor of history at South Carolina State University. He has had articles published in several journals, including Agricultural History, Labor History and the Journal of Southern History. He is currently writing a history of South Carolina State University.


Stanley Harrold, a professor of history at South Carolina State University, received his bachelor’s degree from Allegheny College and his master’s degree and Ph.D. from Kent State University. He is co-editor of Southern Dissent, a book series published by the University Press of Florida. In 1991-1992 and 1996-1997 he had National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships. In 2005 he received an NEH Faculty Research Award.  His books include: Gamaliel Bailey and Antislavery Union (Kent, Ohio:  Kent State University Press, 1986), The Abolitionists and the South (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1995), Antislavery Violence: Sectional, Racial, and Cultural Conflict in Antebellum America (co-edited with John R. McKivigan; Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press,  1999), American Abolitionists (Harlow, U.K.: Longman, 2001), Subversives: Antislavery Community in Washington, D.C., 18280-1865 (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2003), The Rise of Aggressive Abolitionism: Addresses to the Slaves (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2004), Civil War and Reconstruction: A Documentary Reader (Oxford, U.K.: Blackwell, 2007) and Border War: Fighting over Slavery before the Civil War (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2010). He has published articles in Civil War History, Journal of Southern History, Radical History Review and Journal of the Early Republic


Table of Contents

In this Section:

1) Brief Table of Contents

2) Full Table of Contents


1) Brief Table of Contents


12.  The Meaning of Freedom: The Promise of Reconstruction 1865-1868

13.  The Meaning of Freedom:  The Failure of Reconstruction  1868-1877

14.  White Supremacy Triumphant:  African Americans in the Late Nineteenth Century  1877-1895 

15.  African Americans Challenge White Supremacy 1877-1918

16.  Conciliation, Agitation, and Migration: African Americans in the Early Twentieth Century 1895-1928 

17.  African Americans and the 1920s  1918-1929

18.  Black Protest, the Great Depression, and the New Deal 1929-1940 

19.  Meanings of Freedom   1930-1950

20.  The World War II Era and the Seeds of a Revolution 1936-1948

21.  The Long Freedom Movement  1950-1965

22.  Black Nationalism, Black Power, Black Arts  1965-1980

23.  African Americans in the 21st Century 1980-2010

24. Black Politics from 1980 to the Present: The President Obama Era


 2) Full Table of Contents


12.  T he Meaning of Freedom: T he Promise of Reconstruction 1865-1868

The End Of Slavery


The Freedmen’s Bureau

The Black Church



The Crusade for Political and Civil Rights

Presidential Reconstruction under Andrew Johnson

Black Codes

Black Conventions

The Radical Republicans

The Fourteenth Amendment

Radical Reconstruction

The Reaction of White Southerners



13.  T he Meaning of Freedom:  T he Failure of Reconstruction  1868-1877

Constitutional Conventions

The Issues

Economic Issues

Black Politicians: An Evaluation

Republican Factionalism


The Ku Klux Klan

The West

The Fifteenth Amendment

The Enforcement Acts

The North and Reconstruction

The Freedmen’s Bank

The Civil Rights Act of 1875

The End of Reconstruction



14.  W hite Supremacy Triumphant:  A frican Americans in the Late Nineteenth Century  1877-1895




Racial Etiquette



Black Farm Families

African Americans and Southern Courts



15.  A frican Americans Challenge White Supremacy 1877-1918

Social Darwinism

Education and Schools

Church and Religion

Red versus Black: The Buffalo Soldiers


African Americans in the Navy

The Black Cowgirls

The Spanish-American War

The Philippine Insurrection

African Americans and the World’s Columbian Exposition

Black Businesspeople and Entrepreneurs

African Americans and Labor

Black Professionals





16.  C onciliation, Agitation, and Migration: A frican Americans in the Early Twentieth Century 1895-1928

Race and the Progressive Movement

Booker T. Washington’s Approach

W. E. B. Du Bois

The Urban League

Black Women and the Club Movement

The Black Elite

African-American Inventors

Presidential Politics

Black Men and the Military in World War I

Race Riots

The Great Migration

Northern Communities



17.  A frican Americans and the 1920s  1918-1929

Strikes and the Red Scare

Varieties of Racism

Protest, Pride, And Pan-Africanism: Black Organizations in the 1920s



The Harlem Renaissance

Harlem and the Jazz Age




18.  B lack Protest, the Great Depression, and the New Deal 1929-1940

The Cataclysm, 1929–1933

Black Protest During the Great Depression

The Rise of Black Social Scientists

Organized Labor and Black America

The Communist Party and African Americans

Misuses of Medical Science: The Tuskegee Study



19.  M eanings of Freedom   1930-1950

Culture and Society in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s

Black Culture in a Midwestern City

The Black Culture Industry and American Racism

The Music Culture from Swing to Bebop

Popular Culture for the Masses: Comic Strips, Radio, and Movies

The Black Chicago Renaissance

Black Visual Art

Black Literature

African Americans in Sports

Black Religious Culture


20.  T he World War II Era and the Seeds of a Revolution 1936-1948

On the Eve of War, 1936–1941

Race and the U.S. Armed Forces

Black People on the Home Front

The Transition to Peace

The Cold War and International Politics



21.  T he Long Freedom Movement  1950-1965

The 1950s: Prosperity and Prejudice

The Road to Brown

Brown II

New Forms of Protest: The Montgomery Bus Boycott

No Easy Road to Freedom: 1957–1960

Black Youth Stand up by Sitting Down

A Sight to Be Seen: The Movement at High Tide

The Albany Movement

The Birmingham Confrontation

A Hard Victory



22.  B lack Nationalism, Black Power, Black Arts  1965-1980

The Rise of Black Nationalism

The Black Panther Party

The Inner-City Rebellions

Difficulties in Creating the Great Society

Johnson and the War in Vietnam

Johnson: Vietnam Destroys the Great Society

King: Searching for a New Strategy

The Black Arts Movement and Black Consciousness

The Black Student Movement

The Presidential Election of 1968 and Richard Nixon

The Rise of Black Elected Officials

Economic Downturn

Black Americans and the Carter Presidency



23.  A frican Americans in the 21st Century 1980-2010

Progress and Poverty: Income, Education, and Health

The Persistence of Black Poverty

African Americans at the Center of Art and Culture

Black Religion at the Dawn of the Millennium

Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam

Complicating Black Identity in the Twenty-First Century



24. Black Politics from 1980 to the Present: The President Obama Era

Jesse Jackson and the Rainbow Coalition

Second Phase of Black Politics

Ronald Reagan and The Conservative Reaction

Black Political Activism in the End of the Twentieth Century

The Rise in Black Incarceration

Policing the Black Community

Black Politics, 1992-2001: The Clinton Presidency

Black Politics and the Contested 2000 Election

Republican Triumph

Black Politics in the Bush Era

Black Politics in The Present Era: Barack Obama, President of the United States


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