The Death of Love, Marriage, & Community, in Black America?: Requiem for a Heavyweight

According to the excellent research of Harvard African American historian Professor Louis “Skip” Gates, Blacks, immediately coming out from under slavery, got married in droves and were eager to build families and communities. In fact, marriage was such a norm in Black America that by 1950 MORE Black Women were married than White Women—this at the height of the Jim Crow era. By the year 2000, however—only a half-century later—marital rates in Black America not only plummeted but also were…

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