Marriage in Black: The Pursuit of Married Life Among American-born and Immigrant Blacks.

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McDonald, Katrina Bell and Caitlin Cross-Barnet. Marriage in Black: The Pursuit of Married Life Among American-born and Immigrant Blacks. New York, NY: Routledge, 2018, pp.208, ISBN: 1138497673.

This work offers a progressive perspective on Black marriage that rejects talk of Black relationship "pathology" in order to provide an understanding of enduring Black marriage that is richly lived with an in-depth investigation of details and contexts of Black married life, and seek to empower Black married couples whose intimate relationships run contrary to common--but often inaccurate--stereotypes. Considering historical influences from Antebellum slavery onward, thus, this book investigates contemporary married life among more than 60 couples born after the passage of the Civil Rights Act. Husbands and wives tell their stories, from how they met, to how they decided to marry, to what their life is like five years after the wedding and beyond; their stories reveal the experiences...

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