?Wright traces the development of black historiography, recounting the developments of first-, second-, and third-wave black historians. Focusing on issues of black identity, he considers its relationship to history, orthography, black ethnicity, and white and European society. The contribution of historical studies to black efforts to gain political power and social inclusion is highlighted.?-Reference & Research Book News
Argues that conventional analyses have failed to recognize the significance of ethnicity, as opposed to race, in understanding Black history in America.