Black Majority

First published in 1974, Black Majority marked a breakthrough in our understanding of early American history. Today, Wood's insightful study remains more relevant and enlightening than ever. This landmark book chronicles the crucial formative years of North America's wealthiest and most tormented British colony. It explores how West African familiarity with rice determined the Lowcountry economy and how a skilled but enslaved labor force formed its own distinctive language and culture. While African American history often focuses on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Black Majority underscores the significant role early African arrivals played in shaping the direction of American history.

This revised and updated fiftieth anniversary edition challenges a fresh generation with provocative history and features a new epilogue by the author.

Publication Date: 
January 23, 2024