This book provides more than a concise history of black men in America. This book also contains an extensive, interpretive treatment of Negro ideologies and protest movements throughout American history and particularly in the twentieth century. It discusses the rise and accomplishments such as the Garvey Movement and the Black Muslims, the influence of Socialists like A. Philip Randolph and Bayard Rustin, the early development and later ascendency of direct action, the increasing political power of the black masses in the urban ghettos, and the role of CORE, SNCC, and Martin Luther King. The book also has a timely discussion of history of the race riots and black retaliatory violence.
This book is generally considered the best short history of the Negro, the book has been widely adopted in schools and colleges. Now extensive revisions bring it up to date.