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  1. Climbing Jacob's Ladder: The Enduring Legacies of African-American Families
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  2. Climbing Jacob's Ladder: The Enduring Legacies of African-American Families

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Traces the history of the black family from its roots in Africa, through slavery, Reconstruction, the Depression, and the civil rights movement, to the present, arguing that black families cannot be measured against white ""norms."" Reprint. 25,000 first printing.

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At the time he wrote this 1992 book, Andrew Billingsley was Professor and Chair, Department of Family and Community Development at the University of Maryland."

He wrote in the Introduction, "But to say that black families are alive is not to say that they are all faring well... But there is another side to the story. And we argue in this book that this other side---enduring, positive, and powerful--is more important because it is more generative. It can continually renew and sustain this vital sector of American society in the years ahead."

Here are some quotations from the book:

"It is perhaps the height of irony that while social scientists were describing black families as being characterized by a tendency toward female-headed families with children born out of wedlock, they were also assuring the public that blacks rejected these children. At the very same time the transracial adoption movement was being championed as a solution to the problem,... Read more
A must read, especially for African centered pedagogical studies.
i wish they had other shipping options available because it took a little long for my book to come, but it came in brand new, like the description said, very satisfied! and i will be ordering from them again.
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