A compendium of essays originally presented by scholars at the fall 1983 meeting of the American Historical Association at Purdue on the teaching of Afro-American history. Hine (history/Purdue), author of Black Victory: The Rise and Fall of the White Primary in Texas, has gathered these essays and comments by such respected figures as Eugene Genovese, Armstead Robinson, and Kenneth Kusmer. John Hope Franklin, in the prologue, breaks black history down into four generations, only the last of which, just ending, delved deeply into American history to bring blacks the pride of accomplishment. Leslie Owens shows the linkage in European, American, and African history created by slavery and the slave trade. Kusmer urges that black urban ghettoes be studied as living communities. There, he suggests, we will find great examples of cultural creativity in response to oppression. Throughout, the 21 st century looms large, presenting black scholars with a ""challenge of charting new directions, raising new issues and concerns about the future of the context and nature of black history. ""Mainly for the academic community, this symposium asks the question, wither the fifth generation of black historians? The essayists here seek a historical mission that will, finally, unify black history with that of the overall American history. The time is right.