African Americans by the Numbers
Understanding and Interpreting Statistics on African American Life
by Glenn L. Starks
July 2017, 180pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-4504-8
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The socioeconomic condition of African Americans is often marked by disparities in health, employment, and incarceration rates.

Provides an invaluable source for students as well as academics on the current condition of African Americans, highlighting disparities throughout an array of social, economic, and political areas.

African Americans comprise approximately 12 percent of the population of the United States—a sizable proportion. Yet African Americans are incarcerated at rates disproportionate to their overall population in the United States. By examining a wide range of socioeconomic topics and supplying necessary background and contextual information, this book offers a multidimensional view of African American life that covers such critical areas as education, health, immigration and migration, employment, and the economy.

This statistical guide presents extensive demographics on African Americans, breaks down the hard numbers, explains what the statistics indicate about the socioeconomic condition of African American life, and places this information into historical and contemporary context. This book also provides detailed comparisons of African Americans to other races and ethnic groups. Readers will be challenged to interpret the numbers and draw logical conclusions from them; as a result, this reference serves to help students build critical thinking skills that are essential to success in the classroom and beyond.


  • Clearly outlines the condition of African Americans in relation to other races and ethnic groups
  • Makes qualitative data on the current condition of African Americans comprehensible, highlighting disparities in social, economic, and political areas
  • Presents statistical analyses aimed at helping 21st-century students interpret data
  • Includes tables as well as other sources of information from creditable data sources to assist readers in further research
Glenn L. Starks, PhD, has almost 25 years of experience working for the United States government and has written extensively on public administration and American politics, including two recent books on the history of the United States government. He has also taught graduate courses in public administration and policy at several universities. His published works include Greenwood's Thurgood Marshall: A Biography and Historically Black Colleges and Universities: An Encyclopedia. He holds a doctorate in public policy and administration from the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University.


"[T]his book is both timely and appropriate for research in the social sciences as well as numerous other academic disciplines."—ARBA, January 24, 2018
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