With the wide variety of their subjects, these essays (first deliveried by seven historians and political scientists as lectures at Lehigh University, and edited by two Lehigh professors) hint intriguingly at the range of scholarly work likely to emerge from a reexamination of Black America's past. Beginning with Otey M. Scruggs' comments on the importance of Afro-American history, the collection covers an interesting group of topics -- from the much-argued question of slave psychology to the similarly hot issue of Black Power. Seth Scheiner's findings on the Negro Church in the North are thin; but there is Charles Hamilton's broader analysis of Black Power which he credits with producing the trend toward increasing federal involvement in the cities. James Barnes deals with Cleveland's Carl Stokes; James M. McPherson with Reconstruction's failure to achieve racial equality. Then there are Joseph Logsdon's study of a slave narrative, and Louis Harlan's dissection of the National Negro Business League. Arranged chronologically, this is a structural and conceptual counterpart to the Meier and Rudnick Making of Black America.