A Common Destiny: Blacks and American Society

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"[A] collection of scholars [has] released a monumental study called A Common Destiny: Blacks and American Society. It offers detailed evidence of the progress our nation has made in the past 50 years in living up to American ideals. But the study makes clear that our work is far from over." --President Bush Remarks by the president to the National Urban League Conference
The product of a four-year, intensive study by distinguished experts, A Common Destiny presents a clear, readable "big picture" of blacks' position in America. Drawing on historical perspectives and a vast amount of data, the book examines the past 50 years of change and continuity in the status of black Americans. By studying and comparing black and white age cohorts, this volume charts the status of blacks in areas such as education, housing, employment, political participation and family life.

 

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Contents

Preface
Summary And Conclusions 1
Then And Now 33
Racial Attitudes And Behavior 113
Identity And Institutions In The Black Community 161
Black Political Participation 205
The Schooling Of Black Americans 329
Black Americans Health 391
Crime And The Administration Of Criminal Justice 451
Children And Families 509
Appendices
B Biographical Sketches of Committee and Panel Members and Staff 570
Committee Activities 585
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