This book integrates history, current events, arts, psychoanalytic thinking, and case studies to provide a model for understanding the social and historical dimensions of psychological development. Among the topics included are psychological consequences of slavery and Jim Crow, the black patient and the white therapist, the toll of even
small racist enactments, the black patient's uneasy relationship with health care providers, and a revisiting of the idea of
black rage. The author also examines the psychological potential of reparation for centuries of slave labor and legalized wage and property theft.