The African-American Odyssey, 7th Edition, High School Edition © 2020

This program, published by Pearson, presents a clear overview of black history within a broad social, cultural, and political framework. Authors Darlene Clark Hine, William Hine, and Stanley Harrold trace the long and turbulent journey of African Americans, the rich culture they have nurtured throughout their history, and the quest for freedom through which they have sought to counter oppression and racism.

  • Covers key 21st Century African American history events
  • New personal videos serve as primary sources
  • New pedagogical tools reinforce historical narratives
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The African-American Odyssey, 7th Edition–a compelling story of truth over adversity.

The African-American Odyssey traces the arduous journey of African Americans, their rich culture, and their quest to counter oppression and racism.


21st Century African-American History

Thoroughly updated to reflect the latest scholarship, the seventh edition covers key events such as Barack Obama’s second Presidential term, as well as the emergence of the Black Lives Matter Movement.


Newly Developed Videos

Two types of new, engaging videos personalize the content of this edition. Created exclusively for this textbook, these videos focus on a wide range of events, explaining and illuminating the African-American experience.


Updated pedagogical tools to reach every student

New special features and pedagogical tools integrated within The African-American Odyssey are designed to make the text more accessible to students. They include a variety of tools to reinforce the narrative and help students grasp key issues.

The African-American Odyssey, 7th Edition, includes a wealth of African-American history resources.

  • Pedagogical Tools
  • Engaging Videos

Pedagogical Tools

Pedagogical tools reinforce the central historical narratives and help students grasp key issues.
  • Chronologies
    Chronologies provide students with snapshots of the temporal relationship among significant events.
  • Timelines
    Part-opening and chapter-opening timelines help readers place history in context.
  • Thinking Historically Analytical Essays
    Thinking Historically analytical essays relate to the chapter but extend across chronological and geographical boundaries.
  • Graphic Material
    Visualizing the Past boxes support visual literacy. Readers learn how to read and analyze graphic material such as maps, charts, and graphs.
  • Profile Boxes
    Profile boxes provide biographical sketches that illuminate common experiences among African Americans at various times and places.

Engaging Videos

Created exclusively for this textbook, engaging videos capture a wide range of events, illuminating the African-American experience.
  • Engage Students
    Some videos address key concepts, people, and events, enriched by interviews, historical images and archival footage.
  • Additional Videos
    Other videos, created in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution, focus on a wide range of unique artifacts from the Smithsonian collection, using them as starting points for explaining and illuminating African-American history.

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  • Darlene Clark Hine Author Bio

    Darlene Clark Hine is a Board of Trustees Professor of African American Studies and Professor of History at Northwestern University. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as past president of the Organization of American Historians and of the Southern Historical Association. In 2014 President Barack Obama awarded Hine the National Humanities Medal (2013) for her work in African American and Black Women’s History. In 2015, the National Women’s History Project honored Hine for her contributions to women’s history. Hine received her BA at Roosevelt University in Chicago, and her MA and PhD from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. Hine has taught at South Carolina State University and Purdue University. She was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University and at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University. She is the author and/or coeditor of 20 books, most recently The Black Chicago Renaissance (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2012), Black Europe and the African Diaspora (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2010), coedited with Trica Danielle Keaton and Stephen Small; Beyond Bondage: Free Women of Color in the Americas (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2005), coedited with Barry Gaspar; and The Harvard Guide to African-American History (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2000), coedited with Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham and Leon Litwack. She coedited a two-volume set with Earnestine Jenkins, A Question of Manhood: A Reader in U.S. Black Men’s History and Masculinity (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1999, 2001); and another with Jacqueline McLeod, Crossing Boundaries: Comparative History of Black People in Diaspora (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2000). With Kathleen Thompson, she wrote A Shining Thread of Hope: The History of Black Women in America (New York: Broadway Books, 1998), and edited with Barry Gaspar More Than Chattel: Black Women and Slavery in the Americas (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1996). She won the Dartmouth Medal of the American Library Association for the reference volumes coedited with Elsa Barkley Brown and Rosalyn Terborg-Penn, Black Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia (New York: Carlson Publishing, 1993). She is the author of Black Women in White: Racial Conflict and Cooperation in the Nursing Profession, 1890–1950 (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1989). She continues to work on the forthcoming book project, The Black Professional Class: Physicians, Nurses, Lawyers, and the Origins of the Civil Rights Movement, 1890–1955.

  • William C. Hine Author Bio

    Now retired, William C. Hine taught history for many years at South Carolina State University.

  • Stanley Harrold Author Bio

    Stanley Harrold is a Professor of History at South Carolina State University and coeditor of Southern Dissent, a book series published by the University Press of Florida. Harrold has a BA from Allegheny College and an MA and PhD from Kent State University. He has received four National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships, most recently in 2013—14. His books include Gamaliel Bailey and Antislavery Union (Kent State University Press, 1986), The Abolitionists and the South (University Press of Kentucky, 1995), Antislavery Violence: Sectional, Racial, and Cultural Conflict in Antebellum America, coedited with John R. McKivigan (University of Tennessee Press, 1999), American Abolitionists (Taylor & Francis, 2001), Subversives: Antislavery Community in Washington, D.C., 1828–1865 (Louisiana State University Press, 2003), The Rise of Aggressive Abolitionism: Addresses to the Slaves (University Press of Kentucky, 2004), Civil War and Reconstruction: A Documentary Reader (Wiley, 2007), and Border War: Fighting over Slavery before the Civil War (University of North Carolina Press, 2010). In 2011, Border War won the Southern Historical Association’s 2011 James A. Rawley Award and received an honorable mention for the Lincoln Prize. Harrold has recently published articles in North & South, Organization of American Historian’s Magazine of History, and Ohio Valley History.

  • Table of Contents


    1. Africa, ca. 6000 bce–ca. 1600 ce
    2. Middle Passage, ca. 1450–1809
    3. Black People in Colonial North America, 1526–1763
    4. Rising Expectations: African Americans and the Struggle for Independence, 1763–1783
    5. African Americans in the New Nation, 1783–1820


    1. Life in the Cotton Kingdom, 1793–1861
    2. Free Black People in Antebellum America, 1820–1861
    3. Opposition to Slavery, 1730–1833
    4. Let Your Motto Be Resistance, 1833–1850
    5. “And Black People Were at the Heart of It”: The United States Disunites Over Slavery, 1846–1861


    1. Liberation: African Americans and the Civil War, 1861–1865
    2. The Meaning of Freedom: The Promise of Reconstruction, 1865–1868
    3. The Meaning of Freedom: The Failure of Reconstruction, 1868–1877


    1. White Supremacy Triumphant: African Americans in the Late Nineteenth Century, 1877–1895
    2. African Americans Challenge White Supremacy, 1877–1918
    3. Conciliation, Agitation, and Migration: African Americans in the Early Twentieth Century, 1895–1925
    4. African Americans and the 1920s, 1918–1929


    1. Black Protest, Great Depression, and the New Deals, 1929–1940
    2. Meanings of Freedom: Black Culture and Society, 1930–1950
    3. The World War II Era and the Seeds of a Revolution, 1940–1950

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