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Books about Statistics and Data

The Demography of African Americans 1930-1990 (The Springer Series on Demographic Methods and Population Analysis) – S.H. Preston, I.T. Elo, Mark E. Hill, Ira Rosenwaike
Black Americans: A Statistical Sourcebook 2006 – Information Pubns

Black Stats: African Americans by the Numbers in the Twenty-first Century – Monique W. Morris
Historical Statistics of Black America (Two Volume Set) – IBIS Information Services
Thicker Than Blood: How Racial Statistics Lie – By Tukufu Zuberi
The Black Report: Charting the Changing Status of African Americans, Inaugural Edition, Vol. I (v. I) Billy Tidwell
Black Demographic Data, 1790-1860: A Sourcebook – By Clayton E. Cramer


Reference & Encyclopedia Books

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross – By Henry Louis Gates Jr., Yacovone
The New York Public Library African American Desk Reference
– By New York Public Library, Lastthe New York Public Library

Africana – By Kwame Anthony Appiah, Henry Louis Gates Jr.
The African American Almanac – From Brand: Gale Group
Research Methods in Africana Studies (Black Studies & Critical Thinking) By Serie McDougal III
Report on the Status of Black Women and Girls(R) (2008) – By Gloria J. Browne-Marshall

Education in the Black Community

Critical Issues in Educating African American Youth (A Talk With Jawanza) – Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu
The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children – Gloria Ladson-Billings
Learning While Black: Creating Educational Excellence for African American Children – Janice E. Hale
White Money/Black Power: The Surprising History of African American Studies and the Crisis of Race in Higher Education – Noliwe Rooks
Educating African American Males: Voices From the Field – Olatokunbo S. Fashola
Achievement for African-American Students: Strategies for the Diverse Classroom – Gary L. Reglin 
The African American Child: Development and Challenges – Yvette R. Harris PhD, James A. Graham PhD
African American Culture and Heritage in Higher Education Research and Practice – Kassie Freeman
African American Men in College – Michael J. Cuyjet
African American Students in Urban Schools: Critical Issues and Solutions for Achievement (Educational Psychology: Critical Pedagogical Perspectives)
 – James L. Moore III, Chance W. Lewis


Places of Their Own: African American Suburbanization in the Twentieth Century (Historical Studies of Urban America) – Andrew Wiese
Urban Planning and the African-American Community: In the Shadows – June Manning Thomas, Marsha Ritzdorf
American Project: The Rise and Fall of a Modern Ghetto –  Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh, William Julius Wilson
Residential Segregation and Neighborhood Change – By Karl E. Taeuber, Alma F. Taeuber
Black Geographies and the Politics of Place – From Brand: South End Press

Migration of the African American Population

The Southern Diaspora: How the Great Migrations of Black and White Southerners Transformed America – James N. Gregory 
From Reconstruction to the Great Migration 1877-1917 [2 Parts in 2 books] (Black Communities and Urban Development in America 1720-1990, Volume 4) – Kenneth L Kusmer
The Great Migration and After 1917-1930 (Black Communities and Urban Development in America 1720-1990, 5) – Kenneth L Kusmer
Up South: Stories, Studies, and Letters of This Century’s Black Migrations – Malaika Adero 

Black Households/Families

Black Families in Therapy: Understanding the African American Experience – Nancy Boyd-Franklin Ph.D.
African American Families – Angela (Angie) J. (Jean) Hattery, Earl Smith
African American Single Mothers: Understanding Their Lives and Families (SAGE Series on Race and Ethnic Relations) – Bette J. Dickerson 
Is Marriage for White People?: How the African American Marriage Decline Affects Everyone – Ralph Richard Banks 
A strengths-based parenting intervention with low-income African American families.(Report): An article from: Professional School Counseling – Angela I. Sheely-Moore, Sue C. Bratton 


African American Families By Angela (Angie) J. (Jean) Hattery, Earl Smith
Is Marriage for White People?: How the African American Marriage Decline Affects Everyone – By Ralph Richard Banks
Black Families at the Crossroads: Challenges and Prospects – By Leanor Boulin Johnson, Robert Staples
The African-American Family in Slavery and Emancipation (Studies in Modern Capitalism) – By Wilma A. Dunaway
A New Look at Black Families – By Charles V. Willie, Richard J. Reddick
Stormy Weather: Middle-Class African American Marriages between the Two World Wars By Anastasia C. Curwood
African American Relationships, Marriages, and Families: An Introduction – By Patricia Dixon
African American marriages: The impact of levels of acculturation, commitment and religiosity upon marital stability. – By Ella M Duncan
Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage – By Christopher Andersen

Black Class Structure

Middle Class African Americans: A Segregated Distribution in the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area – Jay Newberry
Analyzing The Achievement Of Middle-class African American Students – Donica Cuspard 
Our Kind of People: Inside America’s Black Upper Class – Lawrence Otis Graham 
The Black Middle Class: Social Mobility – and Vulnerability – Benjamin P. Bowser
Represent: Art and Identity Among the Black Upper-Middle Class (Routledge Research in Race and Ethnicity) – Patricia A. Banks
Black Student Activists: Transition to Middle Class Professionals – L.S. Tripp 

Black Upward Mobility

The Hidden Cost of Being African American: How Wealth Perpetuates Inequality – Thomas M. Shapiro 
Talking Dollars and Making Sense: A Wealth Building Guide for African-Americans – Brooke Stephens
Ensuring Inequality: The Structural Transformation of the African American Family – Donna L. Franklin
Climbing Jacob’s Ladder: The Enduring Legacies of African-American Families – Andrew Billingsley
Beyond Forty Acres and a Mule: African American Landowning Families Since Reconstruction – Debra A. Reid, Evan P. Bennett 
Strength for Their Journey: 5 Essential Disciplines African-American Parents Must Teach Their Children and Teens – Robert L. Johnson, Paulette Stanford

Black Politics

African American Legislators in the American States – Kerry L. Haynie 
From the Bullet to the Ballot: The Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party and Racial Coalition Politics in Chicago (John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture) – Jakobi Williams
Pullman Porters and the Rise of Protest Politics in Black America, 1925-1945 (John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture) – Beth Tompkins Bates 
The Growth of Black Elected Officials in the City of Detroit, 1870-1973 (Distinguished Dissertations) – A. J. Stovall 
From Protest to Politics: The New Black Voters in American Elections (Russell On…) – Katherine Tate 

Religion and the African American Community

Practical Theology for Black Churches: Bridging Black Theology & African American Folk Religion – Dale P. Andrews
An Encyclopedia of African American Christian Heritage –  
Marvin A. McMickle

Business and Employment

What’s Black About It? Insights to Increase Your Share of a Changing African-American Market – Pepper Miller, Herb Kemp
Not Slave, Not Free: The African American Economic Experience Since the Civil War – Jay R. Mandle 
An Empirical Analysis Of The Impact Of Skin Color On African-American Education, Income, And Occupation (Black Studies) – Ronald E. Hall
Study Guide for African Americans in the U.S. Economy – Cecilia A. Conrad, John Whitehead, Patrick Mason, James Stewart
There’s Always Work at the Post Office: African American Postal Workers and the Fight for Jobs, Justice, and Equality – Cecilia A. Conrad, John Whitehead, Patrick Mason, James Stewart
Documenting Desegregation: Racial and Gender Segregation in Private-Sector Employment Since the Civil Rights Act – Kevin Stainback, Donald Tomaskovic-Devey
Innovation and Growth in an African American Owned Business (Garland Studies in Entrepreneurship) – Gwendolyn P. Todd
The Brackenridge Colored School: A Legacy of Empowerment through Agency and Cultural Capital Inside An African American Community – Jerelyne Castleberry Williams
The Negro at Work during the World War and during Reconstruction: Statistics, Problems, and Policies Relating to the Greater Inclusion of Negro Wage Earners in American Industry and Agriculture – by United States. Department of Labor. Division of Negro Economics

To Place Our Deeds: The African American Community in Richmond, California, 1910-1963
 – Shirley Ann Wilson Moore

African Americans in Vallejo (Images of America Series) – Sharon McGriff-Payne
African Americans in Los Angeles (Images of America (Arcadia Publishing) – Karin L. Stanford Ph.D, California State University Northridge Institute for Arts and Media
African Americans of San Francisco (Images of America) – By Jan Batiste Adkins
Black Artists In Oakland (CA) (Images of America) – By Jerry Thompson, Duane Deterville
African Americans in Los Angeles (Images of America (Arcadia Publishing)) – By Karin L. (Author) on Nov-15-2010 Paperback African Americans in Los Angeles AFRICAN AMERICANS IN LOS ANGELES by Stanford
The Pullman Porters and West Oakland (CA) (Images of America) – By Thomas Tramble, Wilma Tramble

African Americans of Denver (Images of America: Colorado) – By Ronald J. Stephens Ph.D., La Wanna M. Larson, Black American West Museum

Dunleith (DE) (Images of America) – By Victoria James

Lakeland:: African Americans in College Park (Images of America) – By Lakeland Community Heritage Project Inc.
African Americans of Sanford (Images of America) – By Valada Parker Parker Flewellyn, Sanford Historical Society

Black Mecca Down: The Collapse of the City too Busy to Hate – By Paul Kersey
African-American Life in DeKalb County, 1823-1970 (Images of America: Georgia) – By Herman ‘Skip’ Mason Jr.
KENNESAW MARIETTA Generations Black Life (GA) (Images of America – By Patrice Shelton Lassiter, Foreword by Juliet Dobbs Blackburn-Beamon D.A.
Black Atlanta in the Roaring Twenties (Images of America) – By Herman “Skip” Mason Jr.

African-American Entertainment in Atlanta (Images of America) – By Herman ‘Skip’ Mason Jr.
Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church (Images of America) – By Benjamin C. Ridgeway

African Americans in Hawai’i (Images of America Series) – By D. Molentia Guttman, Ernest Golden

Chicago’s New Negroes: Modernity, the Great Migration, and Black Urban Life – By Davarian L. Baldwin
African Americans in Chicago (Images of America) (Images of America (Arcadia Publishing)) – By Lowell Thompson
Chicago Defender (Images of America) – By Myiti Sengstacke Rice

African-Americans in Fort Wayne:: The First 200 Years (Images of America) – By Dodie Marie Miller
Gary’s Central Business Community (IN) (Images of America) – By Dharathula (Dolly) Millender

Kentucky demographics: Change in Black population of Kentucky : 1960-1980 – By Clarence Wurdock
African-American Life in Louisville (Images of America) – By Bruce M. Tyler

Louisville’s Historic Black Neighborhoods (Images of America) – By Beatrice S. Brown PhD

African Americans of New Orleans (Images of America) – By Turry Flucker, Phoenix Savage
African Americans in Lafayette and Southwest Louisiana (Images of America) – By Sherry T. Broussard

Scraping By: Wage Labor, Slavery, and Survival in Early Baltimore (Studies in Early American Economy and Society from the Library Company of Philadelphia) – By Seth Rockman
African Americans of Calvert County (MD) (Images of America) – By William A. Poe
Turner Station (Images of America: Maryland) – By Jerome Watson, Turner Station Heritage Foundation

African Americans in Michigan – By Lewis Walker, Benjamin C. Wilson, Linwood H. Cousins, Benjamin C. Wilson, Lewis Walker, Linwood Cousins
Remaking Respectability: African American Women in Interwar Detroit – By Victoria W. Wolcott

The Making of Black Detroit in the Age of HenryFord – By Beth Tompkins Bates
Idlewild: The Black Eden of Michigan (MI) (Images of America) – By Ronald J. Stephens
Detroit:: The Black Bottom Community (Images of America) – By Jeremy Williams
Detroit’s Paradise Valley (MI) (Images of America) – By Ernest H. Borden

African Americans in Minnesota (People Of Minnesota) – By David Taylor

African Americans of Jackson (Images of America: Mississippi) – By Turry Flucker, Phoenix Savage

Groping toward Democracy: African American Social Welfare Reform in St. Louis, 1910-1949 – By Priscilla A. Dowden-White

Lincoln in Black and White:: 1910-1925 (Images of America) – By Douglas Keister, Edward F. Zimmer

New York
Still the Promised City?: African-Americans and New Immigrants in Postindustrial New York – By Roger Waldinger
Bedford-Stuyvesant (Images of America: New York) – By Wilhelmena Rhodes Kelly
Lord, Please Don’t Take Me in August: African-Americans in Newport and Saratoga Springs, 1870-1930 (Blacks in the New World) – By Myra B. Armstead

North Carolina
Winston-Salem’s African American Legacy (Images of America) – By Cheryl Streeter Harry
Generations of Somerset Place: From Slavery to Freedom (Images of America) – By Dorothy Spruill Redford
African Americans of Davidson County (Images of America (Arcadia Publishing)) – By Tonya A. Lanier

Contested Terrain: African American Women Migrate from the South to Cincinnati, 1900-1950 (Crosscurrents in African American History) – By Beverly A. Bunch-Lyons
Washington County Underground Railroad (OH) (Images of America) – By Henry Robert Burke, Charles Hart Fogle
AlabamaNorth: African-American Migrants, Community, and Working-Class Activism in Cleveland, 1915-1945 – By Kimberley L. Phillips

Oklahoma City Rediscovered (OK) (Images of America) – By William D. Welge
Oklahoma City Music:: Deep Deuce and Beyond (Images of America) – By Anita G. Arnold

Black Bangor: African Americans in a Maine Community, 1880-1950 (Revisiting New England) – By Maureen Lee
African Americans of Portland (Images of America) – By Oregon Black Pioneers, Kimberly Stowers Moreland

African Americans in Sewickley Valley (PA) (Images of America) – By Bettie Cole, Autumn Redcross
Making Their Own Way: Southern Blacks’ Migration to Pittsburgh, 1916-30 (Blacks in the New World) – By Peter Gottlieb
African Americans in Mercer County (Images of America) – By Roland Barksdale-Hall
Camp William Penn (Images of America: Pennsylvania) – By Donald Scott Sr.
African Americans in Pittsburgh (PA) (Black America) – By John M. Brewer Jr.

South Carolina
South Carolina and Black Migration 1865-1940: In Search of the Promised Land (Garland Studies in Historical Demography) – By George Alfred Devlin
Paradoxes of Desegregation: African American Struggles for Educational Equity in Charleston, South Carolina, 1926-1972 – By R. Scott Baker

African Americans of Orangeburg County (Images of America) – By Lauritza Salley Hill
African Americans of Chesterfield County (Images of America: South Carolina) – By Felicia Flemming-McCall
Sweetgrass Baskets and the Gullah Tradition (SC) (Images of America) – By Joyce V. Coakley
African Americans of Lower Richland County (Images of America) (Images of America Series) – By Marie Barber Adams, Deborah Scott Brooks

African Americans of Giles County (Images of America) – By Carla J. Jones, Tonya M. Hull, Foreword by Carroll Van West
Beale Street (TN) (Images of America) – By Dr. Beverly G. Bond, Dr. Janann Sherman
African Americans in Rutherford County (Images of America) – By Devora E. Butler
African Americans in Memphis (Images of America) – By Earnestine Lovelle Jenkins
African-American Life in Sumner County (TN) (Images of America) – By Velma Howell Brinkley, Mary Huddleston Malone

African Americans in Amarillo (TX) (Images of America) – By Claudia Stuart, Jean Stuntz
African Americans of Houston (Images of America (Arcadia Publishing)) – By Ronald E. Goodwin
African Americans in Corpus Christi (Images of America) – By Bruce A. Glasrud, Mary Jo O’Rear, Gloria Randle Scott, Cecilia Gutierrez Venable, Henry J. Williams
Austin’s Rosewood Neighborhood (Images of America) – By Jane H. Rivera PhD, Gilberto C. Rivera

Afro-Virginian History and Culture (Crosscurrents in African American History) – From Routledge
Virginia Shade: An African American History of Falmouth, Virginia – By Norman Schools
African-American Education in Westmoreland County (Images of America: Virginia) – By Cassandra Burton
African Americans of Fauquier County (Images of America) – By Donna Tyler Hollie Ph.D., Brett M. Tyler, Karen Hughes White
African Americans of Petersburg (Images of America: Virginia) – By Amina Luqman-Dawson
Charlottesville:: The African-American Community (Images of America) – By Agnes Cross-White
African Americans of Henrico County (Images of America) – By Brenda Dabney Nichols

African Americans in Spokane (Images of America) (Images of America (Arcadia Publishing)) – By Jerrelene WilliamsonSpokane Northwest Black Pioneers
Bloomingdale (Images of America) – By Rosemarie Onwukwe

Washington DC
Greater U Street (DC) (Images of America) – By Paul K. Williams
Washington D.C.’s Deanwood (Images of America) – By The Deanwood History Committee
Eastland Gardens (Images of America) – By Eastland Gardens Flower Club
The Black Washingtonians: The Anacostia Museum Illustrated Chronology – By Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture, Eleanor Holmes Norton

West Virginia
African Americans of Jefferson County (Images of America) – By Jefferson County Black History Preservation Society Inc., Foreword by Sen. Robert C. Byrd
African-American Life in Preston County (Images of America: West Virginia) – By Nancy Jane Copney

African Americans In Wisconsin: A Statistical Overview – By Karl E. Taeuber, Doris P. Slesinger, E. Howard Grigsby
Milwaukee’s Bronzeville: 1900-1950 (WI) (Images of America) – By Paul H. Geenen, Introduction by Reuben K. Harpole

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