Download Full Text (4.7 MB)

Download Preface, by the editors (115 KB)

Download Ch. 1: Introduction to the African American Experience, Aaron Thompson (146 KB)

Download Ch. 2: Concepts of Beauty: Black and White Connotations, by Norman W. Powell (759 KB)

Download Ch. 3: Gumboot Dancing and Steppin’: Origins, Parallels, and Uses in the Classroom, Nicola F. Mason (375 KB)

Download Ch. 4: “The Strong Cords of Affection”: Enslaved African American Families and Escape to the U.S. North and Canada, 1800-1861, By Oran Kennedy (236 KB)

Download Ch. 5: Some Notes on the History of Black Sexuality in the United States, John P. Elia (273 KB)

Download Ch. 6: Race, Identity, and Choice: Black Voices on Liberia and the American Colonization Society, Thomas Keefe (240 KB)

Download Ch. 7: The Education of African Americans, Jayne R. Beilke (211 KB)

Download Ch. 8: “It is Our Freedom that Makes Us Different”1: Freedom and Identity in Post-Civil War Indian Territory and Oklahoma, Leroy Myers (295 KB)

Download Ch. 9: Eco-ability: The Complex Embodiment of Blind Lemon Jefferson, by Jonathan S. Lower (305 KB)

Download Ch. 10: Fire on the Hill: The 2nd Ranger Infantry Company, Integration, and the African American Military Experience, James A. Sandy (253 KB)

Download Ch. 11: Prophecy in the Streets: Prophetic Politics, Rhetoric, and Practices during the Civil Rights Movement, Richard A. Thomas (236 KB)

Download Ch. 12: “The Whole Matter Revolves around the Self-Respect of My People”: Black Conservative Women in the Civil Rights Era, by Joshua D. Farrington (243 KB)

Download Ch. 13: The Origins of Africana Studies: A Brief History of a Scholar Activist Tradition, by Sekhmet Ra Em Kht Maat and Shelby Pumphrey (351 KB)

Download Ch. 14: The Vanguard of the Revolution: A Retrospective Analysis of the Black Panther Party, by Umeme Sababu (282 KB)

Download Ch. 15: “Black Steel”: Intraracial Rivalry, Soft Power, and Prize Fighting in the Cold War World, by Andrew Smith (240 KB)

Download Ch. 16: Black Martial Artists: Modernity in Pursuit of an African Fighting System in the African Diaspora, by Latif A. Tarik (338 KB)

Download Ch. 17: Womanifesto: Historicizing the Literary Activism of Claudia Jones and Assata Shakur, by Kimberly F. Monroe (229 KB)

Download Ch. 18: Critical Issues in African American Health, by Kevin G. McQueeney (215 KB)

Download Ch. 19: Black Radicalism, Black Consciousness, Black History, and Black YouTube: A New Age Revolution, by Cheryl E. Mango (285 KB)

Download Ch. 20: For the Culture: Examining the Electoral Success of African American Incumbents in the U.S. Congress, by Emmitt Y. Riley, III (328 KB)

Download About the Editors and Contributors (144 KB)


Slavery to Liberation: The African American Experience (Second Edition) gives instructors, students, and general readers a comprehensive and up-to-date account of African Americans’ cultural and political history, economic development, artistic expressiveness, and religious and philosophical worldviews in a critical framework. It offers sound interdisciplinary analysis of selected historical and contemporary issues surrounding the origins and manifestations of White supremacy in the United States. By placing race at the center of the work, the book offers significant lessons for understanding the institutional marginalization of Blacks in contemporary America and their historical resistance and perseverance.



Publication Date



Encompass Digital Archive, Eastern Kentucky University




African American studies, history, cultures, marginalization, politics, family, artistic expressiveness, sexuality, health, religious and philosophical worldviews, AFA 202


This second edition provides an even more thorough overview of the African American experience by covering topics such as music, intersectional feminism, Black Nationalism, and Pan-Africanism.

Editions and funding
This open textbook was originally published in 2019.

The first edition can be found here:

Publication of this open access textbook was made possible by EKU Libraries.

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License

Slavery to Liberation: The African American Experience (Second Edition)