Black Rage

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Cape, 1969 - African Americans - 213 pages
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The first book to examine the full range of black life from the vantage point of psychiatry, this widely acclaimed work has established itself as the classic statement of the desperation, conflicts, and anger of black life in America today. "Black Rage" tells of the insidious effects of the heritage of slavery; describes love, marriage, and the family; addresses the sexual myths and fears of blacks and whites; chronicles how the schools fail the black child; examines mental illness among black people and the psychic stresses engendered by discrimination; and, finally, focuses on the miasma of racial hatred that envelops this country, why it exists, and what will surely happen if it is not soon dispelled.

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About the author (1969)

William Henry Grier was born on February 7, 1926 in Birmingham, Alabama. He received a bachelor of science degree in 1945 and a medical degree in 1948 from the University of Michigan. He trained as a psychiatrist at the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas. He served with the Army during the Korean War. He and Dr. Price M. Cobbs ran the Pacific Psychotherapy Lab. Together they wrote Black Rage, which drew attention to the psychic damage inflicted by racism and the causes of black anger, and The Jesus Bag. He died from complications of prostate cancer on September 3, 2015 at the age of 89.

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